For answers to prayer: "We fasted and prayed to our God for this, and our petition was granted" (Ezra 8:23). Burdened with embarrassment about having to ask the Persian king for an army to protect him and his fellow travelers, Ezra fasted and prayed, and the king granted his request.
For forgiveness of sin: "When they were gathered at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out on the ground before the Lord, and they...
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