Read and consider Esther 4:1-17
“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 maids 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).
(Teacher: Stormie Omartian)
Have you ever thought, “I’m just one person. My prayers can’t make a difference”? Many of us think that from time to time. But it’s not true. Esther was the chosen wife of Xerxes, the powerful king of the Persian Empire. This king had made an example of his previous wife by banishing her for her disobedience to him. Now Esther was faced with an even more severe punishment if she dared approach the king on his throne without being summoned. She was literally risking her life. Yet her cousin, Mordecai, asked her to do just that. Her people, the Jews, were in great danger, and Esther was queen of the empire. “Who knows,” her cousin had said, “but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”
Esther was just one person, but she was the one person in the right place at the right time—put there by God Himself to intercede for her people. So she called the people together and asked them to fast and pray for three days. She may have been the queen, but she still needed great courage, great faith, and God’s guidance through the circumstances. More than her own life was at stake; the lives of millions of her countrymen were in jeopardy as well. But she courageously did what she had to do and saved her nation.
As believers, we each have to stand up for what is right, even if the result of our actions may bring ridicule or something worse. It’s easy to talk the talk when we’re with our Christian friends, but those times when we are surrounded by scoffing unbelievers can be very challenging. Maybe you are the only Christian at work or at a family gathering—what do you do when confronted about your faith? Are you willing to risk banishment by your peers by standing up for what is right?
It would be easier to sit back and quietly wait for the moment to pass—that moment when you could have spoken up for the truth. It’s far more challenging to take a risk and stand up for what’s right. Esther fasted and prayed and followed God’s leading. You can do the same. And you never know when it will result in the very thing for which you were created. You never know when your intercession and actions may save lives.
Stormie will now lead us in prayer:
Lord, I pray You would help me to be a person who has a heart for You and Your ways, and one who is in the right place at the right time. Enable me, as I fast and pray, to have a powerful effect on the world around me by standing up for what is right and following Your leading. Make my prayers powerful enough to save the lives of the people for whom I pray.