23 So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.

Read Ezra 8:23 Using Other Translations

So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.
So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.
So we fasted and earnestly prayed that our God would take care of us, and he heard our prayer.