Acting Upon FaithEsther faced a potentially perilous situation. Even though she was the queen, she knew that there was no flexibility in the Persian laws. That an...
“On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace ... The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance. When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand.” Esther 5:1-2 NIV
Esther faced a potentially perilous situation. Even though she was the queen, she knew that there was no flexibility in the Persian laws. That an automatic sentence of death was promised to “any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned by the king.” There was only one exception: A life might be spared if the king extended his gold scepter.
She urgently needed the king’s help to spare her people. The risks were great; the stakes were high. Yet she bravely entered the king’s throne room. We can hardly imagine a more uncertain, dangerous situation. Aware of the risks, and the need for God’s favor, she called on her cousin, Mordecai, to call all Jews in the region to three days of concentrated prayer and fasting.
Having done everything she could to prepare, she took action. She put on her royal robes and approached the king, who held out the scepter. Esther was able to receive the favor that she needed.
Esther here provides a model that applies to us. First, she recognized that she could not accomplish this task in her own strength. She needed God’s supernatural help, and prayed and fasted. And she asked others to join her in this commitment. Finally, with this maximum prayer support, she dared to step out in faith.
As you face problems, remember the pattern set by Esther. Remember that you, too, need God. Seek Him for wisdom and protection, for power and favor. And be ready to step out in faith.
PrayerFather, I commit these matters to You: __________. I need Your help. I seek Your blessings and wisdom. Grant me Your favor. I trust You, and will move forward in faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Pray for God’s anointing on Inspiration Ministries’ Communication Department.
Extended ReadingEsther 5