Thursday, 1 September 2016

Praying Through God’s Word: Esther

Esther 1:1-2:18
Our story is a human story. It’s more than that. You, Lord, are in our story – even when we don’t realize it. We find it difficult to put this into words – but we believe it’s true. You are there with us, every step of the way.
Esther 2:19-4:17
“If I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16). Esther was ready to put her life on the line. We thank You, Lord, that Jesus did lay down His life. He died for us. Now, because He died in our place, we will live forevermore. Thank You, Lord, for sacrificial love and everlasting life.
Esther 5:1-6:14 
We read about Mordecai. He nearly lost his life (Esther 5:14). Then, he was honoured by the king (Esther 6:10-11). We look beyond Mordecai to Jesus. We see Jesus, crucified for us. We see Him, risen from the dead (Acts 2:23-24). We thank You, our Father, for Jesus, Your Son. He is our Saviour. He is “both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36).
Esther 7:1-8:17
We read about “a foe and enemy! The wicked Haman!” (Esther 7:6). There’s a more powerful enemy than Haman – Satan! “Haman was hanged on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai” (Esther 7:10). Satan tried to get rid of Jesus – but Jesus turned the tables on him. We thank You, Lord, for the defeat of Satan – and the victory of Jesus, our Saviour and Lord.
Esther 9:1-10:3
Lord, You turn our sorrow into joy and our mourning into celebration (Esther 9:22). Our joy comes from Jesus. Our celebration is centred on Him. What joy we have in Jesus! It’s a joy while the world can neither give to us nor take away from us. What a celebration there is when we gather together at the Lord’s Table! We celebrate the greatest love of all the love of Christ, our Saviour. We have been “redeemed with the blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18-19).

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