Ezra had already been in Jerusalem for a few years when Hanani and certain men of Judah returned to Shushan with news of the broken walls and burned gates.
There is a great lesson to be learned from Nehemiah: When something burdens an individual so much that he or she mourns, fasts, and prays about the situation for several days it seems likely that God will put that person in a position to make the needed change.
Notice that Nehemiah did not just make his request known. He also confessed his sins and those of his nation. He followed the ACTS of prayer formula! (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication)
Does God issue any commands?
- No, but Nehemiah referenced God's commands in his prayer.
Does God make any promises?
- No, but Nehemiah referenced God's promises in his prayer.
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- In this passage Nehemiah was the intercessor for his people. Jesus is our intercessor.
Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
- This chapter talks of sins, repentance, and better days to come for those who are God's children. All are based upon the hope Nehemiah had in God as a promise-keeper. When we confess our sins we become God's child which entitles us to a glorious future. We believe this because we believe God keeps His promises as given in the scriptures.