I was very much afraid, 3 but I said to the king, "May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my fathers are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?"
4 The king said to me, "What is it you want?"
Then I prayed to the God of heaven, 5 and I answered the king, "If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it."
6 Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, "How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?" It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time.
What strikes me about this passage is that Nehemiah had already gained the kings favor by being a faithful and joyful servant. Because of these things the king was ready to help finance whatever Nehemiah wanted. How we can learn from this. Why do we feel like we can just ask people for money? Those are are endowed with financial resources must first trust and and know our heart. They must see our joy and only when they have really become our friends will they be likely to finance our dreams. This is a good reminder for me.