Esther 4

Esther 4. First response

Esther 4:1-17

SUMMARYFirst response

OVERVIEWEsther’s first response to the overwhelming challenge was to fast and pray and recruit others to join her.

BIG IDEAThe best time to pray is right now.

KEY VERSEEsther 4:16 (Esther to Mordecai)
Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.

I invite you to be part of my plan. I’ve wired and gifted and prepared you for each setting and circumstance. Join me. Listen for my instructions and follow my plan. I will lead, and I invite you to follow. But don’t jump ahead of me. Don’t create a crisis by making more out of troubling times. I am not surprised by the details in any event, so your wise first response is to turn to me. Seek my will and listen to my reply. I may release you to do the very thing that came to your mind but always wait on me.

Don’t miss out on this amazing truth: you can come to me with anything. There is nothing you have seen, done, or thought about that catches me off-guard. Do not worry about my response. Bring everything to me and let me direct you. Developing a “pray first” discipline will change how you think, what you do, and what you say.

Pray first. Before responding to a need or formulating your plan, take time to pray. Seek God and his will, and listen for his reply.

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