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March 2015

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. We are fine and looking forward to seeing all that God will do in this year. So much has happened, and so much is happening. Our world is in turmoil, with people wondering what will be next! Our Country and cities need God’s touch and we wonder how things will turn out. Let us be in prayer for our country, cities, and all in authority so that we can live a quiet and peaceful life. (2 Tim. 1-3)

When reading the Book of Esther, we see a brave woman. She was called by God to impact a nation, to save her people from death. As we read about how she went about this, we see there were steps that she had to take. She had to be prepared to meet the King; she could not just walk into his chambers to present her case as she was. She had to go through a time of purification, a year long ritual of hot baths, beauty treatments, special diet etc. in order to present herself to the King.  In the natural, all that pampering sounds really good, doesn’t it ladies?  Okay..back to Esther. This tells us to be willing to be mentored, even to the point of being told how to dress for the King’s business! Esther honored the King, she learned protocol, and followed it. As a result she won his heart and became the Queen.

When Haman wanted the King to destroy the Jewish people, the King gave him the okay to do what he felt was right. When Mordecai heard this he cried out to God and there was great mourning everywhere among the Jews. Mordecai had raised Esther, took her in as his own daughter. Now he knew that she had an “in” as she was the Queen. Esther had done as she promised, she did not let the king or anyone know her background, and her faith. Meetings were arranged, one thing led to another, and Esther got to work in prayer. She knew that even as Queen, she could be killed for not letting the King know her background.  She began interceding for her people with fasting and prayer. She told Mordecai to gather the Jews to fast and pray for three days, and that she and her maids would do the same. And then, she said “...And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” (Esther 4:16)

She then presented her case for the Jewish people. Actually, she could have been killed, and she was well aware of the plans of the enemy. We can only imagine how she felt inside, what a chance she was taking! But she pressed in, and presented her case for the Jewish people and their nation. She interceded for their freedom and victory; she was called for such a time as this! She knew the dangers, but also knew that God had called her to do this. She heard His voice, possibly it was that still small voice that comes in the night when all is quiet. Her heart was filled with compassion for her people. She continued to accomplish the will of God for her people by demonstrating humility and honor to the King, who in turn, listened to her, and followed through with her suggestions regarding the Jews.

Queen Esther’s life gives us lessons that we all need to learn from. She teaches us to take time to hear from God. Most of us come before God with all of our petitions, and when we finish giving Him the list laid upon our heart, we end our prayer and walk away. Esther spent time with God. She not only cried out for what was on her heart, but she took the time to wait upon Him and hear what He had to say. It was a two way relationship. She was humble, and showed honor to God, and to man.

A man named Haman began meeting with the King telling him lies about the Jewish people. His suggestion to the King was to make a decree to destroy them all throughout the kingdom. When Mordecai heard this he put on sackcloth and ashes and went into the city in front of the Kings’ gate with crying and great mourning. Esther heard about this and she sent clothes for him, but he would not accept them. So she sent one of the Kings’ eunuchs to find out what was going on. When she heard what was happening, and how serious it was, she called for fasting and prayer from her people and she did the same.  She knew she had to be covered with prayer if she was going to go before the King to plead for her people.  This was not something that she could just do on her own. If she tried to do that, she could be killed!

Because of her humility God knew He could trust her with the fate of His people. It was a serious thing to go before the King, even for his wife! As she fasted and prayed, she listened for God’s instructions.. Meanwhile Haman was meeting with the King telling him lies about the Jewish people. A decree was declared to kill all the Jews.  When the time was right, on the third day, Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the King’s place  across from his house, while he sat on his royal throne facing the entrance of the house. When he saw her, she found favor with him and he held out to her the golden scepter that was in his hand. She then went forward and touched the top of the scepter. He asked her what her wish was, and she asked for the king and Haman to attend a banquet she prepared for him. One thing led to another and because of her humility Esther had favor with the King and the Jewish people were saved.                                                                                                             

This month the Jewish people celebrate the Feast of Purim, the day of feasting and happiness as the Jewish people were saved. Let us learn from Esther, let us have a humble heart, honor God and  those He puts before us for His purposes. Let us have a relationship with Jesus where we take time to not only pray, but to listen. Let us have courage to stand up for what is right and follow through as Esther did. Let us pray:

Father, in Jesus Name, I honor You, and I love You. Help me to hear from You, and to have the courage to walk my walk with You, and do the things You call me to do. In Jesus Name, Amen.

God bless you as you pray for others!

Rev. Barbara A. Yovino, Ph.D.