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Prayer for Such a Time as This

Written by Michelle Goodwin on . Posted in Israel

Today’s times are unstable and sometimes fearful, but GOD is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Even during unstable times we can stand in faith on GOD’s stability. The story of Esther, for instance… what an awesome story of GOD's intervention! GOD used ordinary people like Mordecai and Esther to deliver their Jewish brothers and sisters from destruction. All the Israelites in Babylon participated in GOD’s deliverance as well. When the decree was sent forth by Haman, the enemy, to destroy every Jew in Babylon, the people humbled themselves, fasted and prayed to GOD for their deliverance. They did not first try to fix the problem themselves. They got on their knees and prayed. Even before Mordecai sent word to Esther, he fasted and prayed. At Esther’s first hesitation, Mordecai’s answer was definitely a clarifying point in her life. Esther 4:14: For if you fail to speak up now, relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from a different direction and your father's family will perish. Who knows whether you didn't come into your royal position precisely for such a time as this? (CJB).

We all know how the story of Esther ended. GOD gave Esther the position of Queen for such a time to bring deliverance to her people. Her reply to Mordecai was really what made Esther the extraordinary person she needed to be in this situation to help her people. Esther 4:16: Go, assemble all the Jews to be found in Shushan, and have them fast for me, neither eating nor drinking for three days, night and day; also I and the Girls attending me will fast the same way. Then I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish. (CJB) Esther trusted her GOD and was willing to go before the king of Persia uninvited even though such an act could end her life. She put her life in the hands of others willing to fast and pray for her. She obviously believed in the power of prayer; and GOD heard the prayers of the Jews and gave Esther favor. All Jews who fasted and prayed those three days took part in their own deliverance and were as central to that event as Mordecai and Esther. The people were unified through prayer. They all played a part in this wonderful story of Esther.

Now we live in a time when the enemy of our souls is Satan. Satan constantly tries to destroy believers both Jew and Gentile. Israel is being taken apart piece by piece, and Satan is stirring up more and more hatred for the Jews both believing and non-believing. The enemy not only wants to kill our bodies, but also to keep us from eternal life. GOD is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and He surely has situated people like Mordecai and Esther in positions for such a time as this. He has also positioned people like you and me to fast and pray for such a time as this. We are to pray for those people whether it be the President’s wife, your local representatives, or the teacher in your children’s’ school. GOD used fasting and prayer to deliver the Jews from Haman’s plan to destroy them. He is still responding to prayer to deliver many from the hands of Satan and into salvation through Yeshua.