Then the king said to me, “What are you requesting?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers' graves, that I may rebuild it.”
Although not always talked about much in the church, the concept of finding favor is seen throughout the Bible. Nehemiah here is a prime example of someone who was seeking favor in a situation, prayed to God for it, and we see him receive it.
Why do you think that Nehemiah received favor? Something tells me that it had a lot to do with his faith because the more favor you receive, the more faith it will require on your part. Nehemiah showed that he had faith here in making the requests to the king in the first place and you can see that he placed a high priority on prayer as he did so before the requests and much more earlier in 1:4.
Maybe there is something in your own life right now that you are seeking favor for, but you aren't certain about the situation. It is key to remember that favor equals opportunity, but that does not always guarantee comfort or the desired outcome.
We all have things in our lives that we are seeking to find favor. Our culture dictates to look to ourselves in order to find favor, but the truth is that only true favor come through Jesus. Jesus opens doors and opportunities that otherwise we would never have and when true favor is found it is done so in a way that all honor and glory points to him.
So pray and seek favor and sit back and watch what happens!