Updated: Sep 27
Hello grace filled , grit girls. Today studying Esther 4 we find the beautiful picture of intercession.
Queens Esther’s maid told her about Mordechai’s grief of the decree to kill the Jews. Esther tried to comfort her uncle but he refused. She then sent the Kings eunuch to find out what was troubling Mordechai. Mordechai sent his message back through the kings servant sharing his distress and advising Esther what to do. Then Esther sent the servant back to tell Mordechai the danger of his plan... are you all tracking here. This is a perfect picture of intercession.
Points to ponder: Intercession in Hebrew means to entreat, encounter or make attack! I love that! It can be one person taking the need of another to the King. Pleading in their behalf. Fighting for them. Slaying giants for them! Intercession is also like a line of people carrying buckets of water to one fire. One cause, many buckets! And when several people pray together, the way Esther called for a corporate fast, could be considered the carpool lane of prayer.
“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”” Matthew 18:20 NKJV
Corporate prayer Advances our prayers. Moving them with force and ushering our voices as one loud cry to the King. And army of prayers for one cause! I know a couple of powerful intercessors in our group. They take the needs of others and funnel them to the one who has the power to bring a change. Are you gifted with intercession? Do you feel the burden to pray for another’s need. Our nations needs? Do you feel a call to prayer?
It is the very description of Jesus. I encourage you all to read Romans 8:26-34 for an understanding of the Spirit of God interceding for us.
Lesson take away from Chapter four - Saving one's neck at the cost of others is for cowards- We see now why God needed a Jewish person in the palace. Esther's beauty was not for her, Shocker, I know, but to save her nation. However, she seems oblivious to what's going on with her people. Had she become so detached from her heritage that she knew nothing of her nation's death sentence? It took her adoptive father's public display of grief to get her attention. He had to remind her that she was not exempt from the massacre that was coming. I also find it unusual that the Jewish people's reaction is grief, sorrow, and anguish and not outrage or not retaliation. Why? I believe it's because they are exiles, survivors: the warrior in them has not yet surfaced, but it will, once queen Esther finds her voice. One other lesson learned in Chapter 4-Grief is necessary to bring change. We may not be able to comfort those who are consumed in sorrow, but we might just be able to change or prevent future pain because of today's grief.