“O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” I was cupbearer to the king.
Nehemiah is one of the best examples of prayer that we have in all of the Bible. We find him praying when just about anything happens. He wanted God to be in control and asked for His help regularly.
Before he appeared in front of the king, Nehemiah asked for success in what he was going to ask. Nehemiah had a holy mission in mind – to return to Jerusalem and help the people who were living there defenselessly. It only seems appropriate to ask God for success in a mission for Him.
We shouldn’t hesitate to ask God for success in other things in life however. There are certainly things that we shouldn’t ask God to bless; things that are sinful or obviously against His will. But there are many other things that are neither good nor bad that we may ask for success in.
For example, we may ask God for success in a business venture. It may simply be a way of providing for one’s family and nothing sacred but God wants us to come to Him with all kinds of requests.
God can also use our success to serve His purposes as well. We have no way of knowing how success in one area may upon up new doors to serve the Lord or bring us into contact with people who need to hear the gospel. Nehemiah asked for success and we shouldn’t have any problem asking God for success either.