If you are anything like me, you have found yourself more than once in a circumstance that is like quicksand. It is as if you are stuck with no way out. Queen Esther found herself in such a situation. By no fault of her own she was thrust upon the stage of being the intercessor between life and death, salvation and elimination. The wicked Haman, high official to the king, had it out for the Jews and orchestrated a devious plan to do away with them once and for all.
But God had their backs. Esther humbly and prayerfully entered the king’s presence on behalf of her people, the Jews. As a result, the tables were turned with the Jews being joyously delivered and Haman literally finding himself at the end of his rope. Even though the book of Esther does not once pronounce the name of God, his influence and sovereignty are evident throughout the story. God seems to specialize in hard cases. He inevitably gains the glory and his people are wonderfully saved from circumstances well beyond their ability to help themselves.
Prayer, sensitivity to God, and the humility to listen undergirded Esther’s decision and courage to act. Prayer is not optional equipment for the believer, but absolutely essential to facing each and every difficult situation because it is God, not us, that ultimately brings deliverance. Saving ourselves from impossible circumstances is way above our pay grade; only God can bring true deliverance – the kind that genuinely changes people so that divine purposes are accomplished.
Our discouraging situations; our hard cases; our difficult people problems; whatever the situation – God has your back and he delights to answer our desperate pleas for his deliverance.
O God, please work within the hearts of your people so that they will have the courage and commitment to follow through with your will. Please direct the hearts of those who oppose you and your people so that it is evident there is a God in heaven who listens and who delivers. For the sake of Jesus I pray, Amen.