28 Augustus 2018
A Call for Intercessors
Esther 5:1-3 Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house. So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter. And the king said to her, “What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you – up to half the kingdom!”
I think we can all see through the life of Esther that God calls all of us to intercede for our situations. Esther’s life is a picture of what it looks like when an intercessor approaches the throne of grace.
Esther had a strategy. She positioned herself where the king could see her. The moment the king saw her, she obtained favor in his sight and he held out to her the golden scepter that was in his hand.
The next verse is something that we have to do. “Esther drew near, and touched the top of the scepter.” God gave Esther instruction what to pray and what to do.
This is what we have to do for every situation that we face.
Intercession prayer is prayer for your own situations as well as those of others.
It is when you take the place of another, or stand together with others and plead another’s case.
Intercession is a type of prayer that begins with self-sacrifice.
Intercession is persevering prayer, whereby someone pleads with God on behalf of another or others who desperately need God’s intervention.
Jesus Christ is our example of an intercessor. He died, and is also risen, and now at the right hand of God. He makes intercession for us (Rom 8:34). Therefore, He is also able to save those who come to God through Him.
To intercede is not something that we are naturally drawn to. It is only the Spirit of God that can prompt us to start interceding for our lives, our children, our families, our destinies, our country and our leaders.
To intercede is to come boldly to the Throne of Grace to receive mercy and grace. When Esther was allowed to touch the top of that scepter, it was a picture of her having touched the heart of the King. That moment she tapped into the place of authority that did not belong to her. But it became hers by invitation.
We have to accept this invitation today and come boldly to the Throne of Grace. But this is not a cheap invitation. To enter into the King’s presence – cost the Son of God His very own life. We enter through His Blood, and His Blood makes a way for us to come inside the veil and have a face to face (spirit to spirit) conversation with God YHVH.
Now we can freely enter in and partake of His power.
2 Chronicles 7:14 If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Let us learn from Esther. She came humbly before the king in her royal robe. She did not come and ask for blessings, or that he would bless her plans. She wasn’t even sure if she would live or die.
We have to acknowledge who He is, and that only He knows how?
Abba Father, we have no plan that is going to advance your Kingdom. OUR NATION SOUTH AFRICA NEEDS DELIVERANCE!
It is time to humble ourselves once more and enter into a place of intercession.
“My dear child, what can I do for you today?”
The season has changed in the spirit – give your heart to God and bring your petition to the Throne of Grace. He is waiting for us!
Thank you Abba. We bring our beautiful country, South Africa, before You. And just like the African owl sings and proclaims every night with this song, “Good God deliver us – Good God deliver us – Good God deliver us” – we proclaim the same!
I rejoice in God’s love and mercies that are new every day.
Don’t stop dreaming – God will make a way where there seems to be no way!
Love you all
Retah and family