Why did God favor Ezra and Nehemiah and the people there building the walls and temple. I think there may be a clue here in Ezra 1:10- " For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord( the Word) , and to do it, and to teach statues and ordinances in Israel." Do you see it?
He prepared His heart
He study the Word of God
He obeyed the Word of God
He shared the Word of God.
Do you want the favor of God? Look at Ezra and do what He did, perhaps you may see His favor.