- Religion and Philosophy»
- Christianity, the Bible & Jesus
Taking Back America: One Person at a Time
Esther 4:14 is a rather interesting verse, especially the last part, "...and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Have you ever considered that you've been bought and brought to the kingdom to meet a purpose in God's sovereign will? Have you ever thought there's a reason for all that you do in relationship to the time and place where you exist?
Queen Esther came to the same conclusion when asked this question by Mordecai. She obviously was aware that the Messiah would come through Jewish lineage, and when that lineage was challenged, Esther rose to meet the challenge. She called for a fast. For three days and three nights she prayed and fasted to the God of Heaven as she prepared to face the king unannounced. Her life was on the line. Her people were on the line.
We know the rest of the story--how by her intervention she saved a whole nation...but did she? Her prayer and fasting were no doubt effective, but there's more to the story. Backing up to verse three, we see, "And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes." This wasn't just Esther's fast. This was a nation's fast. In every province the Jews wept, fasted, and prayed for deliverance.
...But was it because of the fast of the Jews in every province? We know how that wicked Haman deceived the king and called for the extermination of all the Jews, and in verse one of chapter four we see Mordecai. "...Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry." This wasn't some secret prayer language. This was nothing but travail of soul. It was Mordecai's heart cry that affected the Jews and caused them to fast and to eventually get the attention of Queen Esther in the palace.
My friend, our nation is in trouble. That's why we've called for The Great American Fast. We've asked The nation's Christians from every province (state) to gather themselves together and cry out mightily to God for a spiritual awakening. Oh, if someone were in travail of soul to cry out loudly and bitterly and affect those around them! You see, it wasn't Esther's fast. It wasn't the fast of God's people in every province that began the work. It was Mordecai. Might God raise up a Mordecai today. Might he stand for America before it's too late.
We are preparing now for the second Great American Fast.If you haven't signed up yet, go to www.thegreatamericanfast.org and register. Be a vital part of turning America back to Christ.