Ezra was ashamed to ask King Artaxerxes for an escort because he previously had told him,
The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him. (Ezra 8:22)
Almost as if Ezra knew Romans 8:28 says,
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
What should Ezra do in this situation? He fasted and prayed for God to provide them safety on their journey, and God “listened to our entreaty.” (Ezra 8:23)
Trust in God’s providence, His love, His wisdom….Trust HIM!