Then the king said unto me, “For what dost thou make request?”, So I prayed to the God of heaven.
Nehemiah had just gotten the opening he was looking for and now he intended to ask the King for permission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. The safety and well-being of the Jews that had returned home from captivity was in constant jeopardy because the broken-down walls of Jerusalem had not yet been rebuilt. There was a LOT at stake! It was crucial that Nehemiah said the right words to the King.
There are times when we find ourselves in situations similar to Nehemiah’s: where we need to find the right words to say. It might be in an interview to get a job we desperately need. It might be to guide/inspire our children to make right choices. It might be to encourage someone who is depressed. It might be to lead someone to accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. At those times we discover the truth of the Proverb:
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” ~Proverbs 25:11
In such times, we must follow Nehemiah’s example and say a word of prayer (even a quick silent prayer), looking to God to supply the right words that we need for our circumstance. But, it doesn’t stop there. Notice that Nehemiah prayed and then (in the next verse) he spoke. That is, Nehemiah stepped out in faith that the Lord would answer his prayer and give him precisely the right words to say.
Moreover, let us notice that Nehemiah could have this confidence in God, because he was seeking to do the work of God, while walking in the will of God. Nehemiah was not on a mission to serve his own agenda or fulfill his human desires. Nehemiah was on a mission to serve God, so he was confident that God would give him the right words to say, when he asked. Like Moses, when God sends us, when we are walking in His will, He will give us the words we need to say
“Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.” ~ Exodus 4:12