“Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, facing the entrance of the house.” Esther 5:1
As I read this one little verse this morning, my heart was moved to pray for our country. Similar to Esther’s day, many unbelievable things are happening in our government today that often leave us wondering, “What in the world can we do?”
In the short verse above we see Esther’s great faith. In chapter four we learned that Esther hadn’t seen the king for thirty nights, and that no one was allowed to enter into his inner court unless he held out his golden scepter. If someone entered without his approval, they would be executed. So what gave Esther the faith to go and stand in the inner court of the king without his approval? She had been prepared by prayer. For three days every Jew in the kingdom prayed and pleaded with the Lord to save them from annihilation. Now it was time for Esther to intervene.
It wasn’t enough for Esther to simply believe God would protect her. She had to take a step of faith. James 2:20 teaches us that “faith without works is dead.” Esther’s faith was not a blind faith. She knew God made a covenant with His people and knew that He said in 2 Chronicles 7:14-15, “If my people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.” Esther’s faith was great because she was prepared in prayer and knew the Word of God.
One of the greatest needs in the church today is for intercessors to pray for our country and for revival in the church. We should all know the Word of God. We should all know the end of the story. If you don’t know, Jesus wins! Because we know this, we should all be like Esther and walk by faith and not by sight. We should not limit ourselves to simply spending time in prayer, but also stepping out in faith the moment the Lord opens the door for us to act.
Join us Wednesday night at 6:30pm at the Portillo’s home as we open Esther 5 to learn about the power of prayer and God’s providential care. God bless you all and hope to see you there!