PRAYING FOR OUR NATION by : Mrs. Mercy Jebaraj Samuel M.A., B.Ed., MABS.,
PRAYING FOR OUR NATION
Message by : Mrs. Mercy Jebaraj Samuel M. A. , B. Ed. , MABS.
Dear Sisters in Christ,
I greet you all in the name of Jesus. The good news selected for this month is Praying for our Nation.
Esther 1:1 ? ?Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus (this was the Ahasuerus who reigned over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces, from India to Ethiopia):-
God perhaps decided to redeem His Jewish people. It so happened that Queen Vashti was removed and Jewish beautiful girl Esther became Queen. King Ahasuerus promoted Haman the Agagite, and set his seat above all the princes. (esther 3:1). All the King?s servants bowed and paid homage to Haman but, Mordecai did not bow him.
Queen Esther was Mordecai?s cousin. After her parents died, he adopted her as his daughter. Haman was angry with Mordecai, because he did not honor Haman. Haman thought that it was easy to destroy him but, he wanted to destroy the whole lot of Jews, the people of Mordecai. So, he convinced the king to agree to his evil plan. So the orders was given in the name of the king and sealed with the king?s signet ring and sent to all the king?s provinces.
When Mordecai came to know all this danger and plot to destroy his whole tribe, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes and cried out loudly.
there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing and lay in sackcloth and ashes.
As Mordecai taught Esther, she did not reveal about her family backgrounds, for Esther obeyed the command of Mordecai always.
Queen Esther sent nice dresses to Mordecai instead of Sack-clothes he was wearing and she wanted to know what was happening. Then she came to know all about the evil-plot to destroy her people, the Jews. She received a copy of the written decree for their destruction also. Mordecai asked her to plead to the king for their people.
In those days, there was a peculiar law that unless the king calls, nobody could enter into the inner-court and Queen Esther was not called for a month. It would be death, if they enter.
But Mordecai said to Esther, ?For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father?s house will perish?? (Esther 4:14)
Thought the problem was very big, she did not have fear to look to the problem, and to stand still. But, what did she do? How big the problem was, Queen Esther began to look to God Yahweh, who would deliver us from any problem and give us victory.
Esther and her maids began to fast for three days; they neither ate nor drank and prayed.
Mordecai and all the Jews in Shushan fasted and prayed for Esther specially for three days.
Then Queen Esther entered before the presence of the King in the inner-court, telling, ?If I perish, I perish.?
She received the favor of the King. The decree was changed in favor of the Jews and to destroy their enemies, and sent to all the provinces, in the King?s name and sealed by the King?s signet ring. (Esther 8:8)
Complete victory was given to the Jewish people against destruction.
Haman was hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. (Esther 7:10)
Esther :- The Jews had light and gladness, Joy and Honor.
Mordecai the Jew was raised to the position. He was placed second to the King Ahasuerus.
Seeing destruction and evil in India, what should we Christians do in this juncture?
As the Jews gathered together, perhaps under the leadership of Mordecai, and fasted and prayed, then and there in all places, Christians should gather in oneness and pray for our Nation. (Esther 4:16)
a. We should humble ourselves and pray.
b. We should seek god?s face diligently.
c. we should repent and turn from our wicked ways.
d. Then God will heal our Land. (2 Chronicles 7 :14)
As Esther and her maids gathered to fast and pray, we women should come forward to fast and pray for our Nation.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->4. <!--[endif]-->Thought the problems are as big as mountains, let us not look to the problems and have fear, let us look to the son of God Yeshua, Jesus Christ of Nazareth who will deliver us from any problem and give us victory after victory.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->5. <!--[endif]-->a. The great people among Christians should be well received by the multitude of their brethren.
b. They should be seeking the good of their people.
c. They should long to speak peace to all their Christian fellowmen and countrymen. (Esther 10:3)
Likewise, if we Christians would humble ourselves, walk in God?s ways and rededicate ourselves and pray to our Lord Jesus, God of Heaven and Earth, will heal our Land India and shower all His Blessings. As God raised Joseph, Moses, David, Daniel, Ruth and Esther in time to great powers, God can raise us and give victory over problems and heal our Land. We can enjoy the true fertility given by God. Would you dedicate yourselves to Christ Jesus? Who knows, whether you are chosen for such a time as this, to do extraordinary things for God?
The threshing floors shall be full of wheat and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. Joel 2: 24
God moves in seasons! Every time
God's people rebelled and turned their backs on God His presence moved away and
their enemies overpowered them destro....