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22/09/2023 - 23/09/2023 All day

Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty. "What are you, O mighty mountain?” ( Zechariah 4:6).

When Queen Esther was crowned in place of Vashti who had disobeyed the King’s command she had no idea what she was up to ( Esther 1-2). No sooner had she sat on the throne than when she got wind of that there was a plot to exterminate all her people: “If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them (Esther 3:9).

Once her Uncle Mordecai, got hold of the King’s order, he alerted her. Fortunately, Esther did not waste time. “Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “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. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16).

There was a custom that no one could meet with the King uninvited. “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). But having spent time with God, armed with prayers of her warriors, she dared. Now, instead of being repulsed once the King saw her enter his presence, he opened up to her, “Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you” ( Esther 5:3).

Esther revealed the wicked plot of Herman and ultimately the king ordered his own execution instead of his original idea ( Esther 7).

So, what do we see here? Esther walked with God and drawing on that confidence a law that had been passed to exterminate her peoples was turned against its promoter. There, too, can be events that crosses our lives and the enemy appears to be too powerful with all the means apparently in his favor. But the God who rescued Esther’s people is the very same one eager and able to turn an impossible situation in our favor. This is why we walk not in our strength but in His power.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, for any situation or power that sets itself up against your will in my life, I draw confidence from you and arrest it to bring me victory, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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