"...yet will I gather them from there and will bring them to the place in which I have chosen to set My Name. Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand. O Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to revere and fear Your name (Your nature and attributes); and prosper, I pray You, Your servant this day and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was cupbearer to the king." (Nehemiah 1:9-11 AMP)
He promised that if they'd repent "I will gather my people from the ends of the heavens and place them near Me." He'd draw them back to His Name. His name is His character, His essence, His love, grace, mercy, patience. He wanted His Self to be near His people in spite of their sin. We bear His image when we want to be near Him or near each other.
"O Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant..." Nehemiah had some concerns: the Jerusalem Wall was broken down, the gates burned, the people discouraged and scattered. It broke Nehemiah's heart. So he went to the only place to find answers, God's ear. He humbly requested for God to be attentive to his plea and told Him what a wonderful God He is and that he had to go before the king to ask for some time off. God answered so generously that Nehemiah got years off and supplies to fix the wall!
God answered generously His servant because he had pleaded, fasted and prayed for a few days. His whole, sincere heart was brought before the Lord. God says in Hebrews that the Lord is a Rewarder of those that seek Him. God always listens attentively. He wants us near Him and He has a sensitive listening ear all for His servants, the humble ones. He's the type of god we can love with all our heart. The type who loved and watched over the cupbearer to the king.