09/15/22 Before the King

READING: Esther 5:1-10:3

He went from having death hanging over his head (“Ask the king in the morning to hang Mordecai on it” [Est 5:14]) to being a vessel of protection and prosperity for his people (“He was famous among the Jews and highly esteemed by many of his relatives” [Est 10:3])—and all of this happened under God’s plan because someone interceded for him before the king. 

The queen was Esther, and it was her efforts before the king that saved Mordecai’s life and reversed the fortunes of the Jews after Haman had sought to destroy him. She was not perfect, but the Lord had given her position and favor with the king “for such a time as this” (Est 4:14). With faith and courage, she called the people to fast as she prepared to approach the king; indeed, she was willing to risk her life for her people. 

I am reminded today of my responsibility to intercede—that is, to approach the King of Kings—on behalf of His people around me and for those I love who do not yet know Him. In fact, I should be willing to give my life for the sake of others. 

PERSONAL REFLECTION: For whom are you interceding today?  

DAILY PRAYER: “God, I come before You with humility, knowing nothing within me gives me access to the King. Yet, You welcome me through Your Son. Thank You, Lord.” 

TOMORROW’S READING: Ezra 4:7-23, Ezra 7:1-8:36

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