“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do” – (Esther 4:16).
Prayer and fasting have long been part of the Christian life, a potent weapon for a breakthrough.
As in our leading verse, when the Jews were being threatened with extermination, the key to fighting this pending doom was with King Xerxes (Esther 3). It was forbidden to see His Majesty, unless after being summoned. “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death ..” (Esther 4:11). This law extended even to Queen Esther.
Now Esther, decided not to believe in what the law said, by appealing to the most High God, instead. Sometimes there are situations where we refuse to believe in the voice of man because we know we have a higher God to petition.
Having asked for prayers and fasting, from an army of intercessors, Esther said, “When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish” (vv 16). Indeed, after her fast, she went ahead. And, once in his Majesty’s presence, her prayers unlocked the gate. The king, put aside the law, opened up his heart, and, asked Esther, “Now what is your petition? It will be given you. ..” (Esther 5:6).
Against what appears to be impossible situations, through prayer and fasting God has always opened doors, for believers. For He says, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” ( Hebrews 4:16). It is a key in our hands to unlock any force that might be weighing us down and seemingly impossible. Just as the God of Joshua and Caleb ( Numbers 13), two warriors who refused to see mountains where all the rest melted down in fear, brought victory to them, so will He when you turn to Him in that time of need.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I come to you in prayer, that against what appears impossible, you hear me and make me taste of victory, because of our faith in the Lord Jesus!
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!