Last week, in Nehemiah 1, we discovered that he mourned, wept, and prayed after learning of the state of Jerusalem. He continued praying to God for about four months, where Nehemiah 2 begins.
Nehemiah not only prayed, but prepared for God's call. This is shown by his requests to the king in Nehemiah 2:5-8. He made requests, knowing ahead of time what kind of authorization and supplies he would need.
Was planning a necessary step for Nehemiah or us today? What about just praying and "see what happens?"
We say quick prayers, as Nehemiah did when the king asked why he was sad. What is the basis for God honoring that quick prayer?