Sometimes you can only speak a quick prayer

Nehemiah Bible Background

06.16.2016 Old Testament: Neh 2.4

To read the Bible in a year, read Nehemiah 1–3 on June 16, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Does a prayer have to be long for God to hear us? No, but that does not speak against long prayers. Does God hear short, quick prayers? He did in the case of Nehemiah.

Nehemiah heard a report of Jerusalem that made him sad. Finally the Persian king noticed his sadness. Nehemiah explained his sadness, and watch what happened next,

Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven (Nehemiah 2.4). 

He did not go home and pray. Right there on the spot, probably during a quick bow before making his request to the king, Nehemiah uttered a prayer that lasted two or three seconds, “God help me,” or something of that nature.


  • Do you speak quick prayers?
  • Have you seen God answer those prayers?

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