When I heard THESE WORDS, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. I said, "I beseech You, …. "Remember THE WORD which You commanded Your servant Moses…"
When you pray, bring God His own word back to Him; and pray, "God, remember your word!" Nehemiah heard "these words" (the words of men); but he approached God in prayer with the "the word" of God.
The difference between "these words" and "the word" is the difference between chaff and wheat, and it may be the difference between answered and unanswered prayer.
For me to live is Christ.