Nehemiah's Quick, Powerful Prayer


Nehemiah provides Today’s example of power prayer. This is one of the shortest prayers mentioned in the Bible, but it resulted in an amazing and complete answer.

Bible Reading

Neh 2:1-4 And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence. (2) Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid, (3) And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire? (4) Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.


Nehemiah was the cup bearer for King Artaxerxes. He had just gotten word that his beloved city, Jerusalem, laid in ruins. That’s why Nehemiah was sad. When the king saw his sad face, he asked what the problem was. On the spot, Nehemiah offered up a quick, silent pray to God, and then made his request known to the king. The king granted him everything he requested.

The key to getting quick, on-the-spot prayers answered is to have a prayer relationship with God. You see, Nehemiah’s brief prayer was the culmination of a lot of earlier prayer.

Neh 1:2-4 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. (3) And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. (4) And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

Nehemiah’s success in public with the king was due to his private prayer life before God. Like Israel, he had power with men because he first had power with God. His Father, who heard his prayers in secret rewarded him openly.

What About You?

Do you have the consistent, deep prayer relationship with God in secret that allows you to pray quick, powerful prayers in public?

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