An Informed Prayer (Esther #13)

Text: Esther 4:4-9

An uninformed response (vs 4)

  • she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him
  • As Mordecai stands before the king’s gate in sackcloth and ashes, Esther tries to help Mordecai with a new pair of clothes.  Of course poverty is not the problem and this can’t be fixed by dressing it up.  Esther wants to take away Mordecai’s grief, but that won’t happen to changing his appearance.
    • Clothes are expensive things when they are handmade.
    • Wealthy people have multiple changes of clothes.
    • Putting on sackcloth and tearing up his clothes meant his material possessions meant nothing in light of the condemnation upon he and his people.
  • How often we try to dress Jesus Christ up.
  • The reality of our prayers is that many of them aren’t answered because they’re contrary to what God is doing.  Sometimes our responses are completely misguided.
    • Pharisee says, “I thank thee that I am not like this publican.”  Goes away unjustified.

Informed by sincere humility (vs 5)

  • to know what it was and why it was
  • Instead of Esther getting mad and sending the same clothes back, telling Mordecai to put them on, which is what we do with our prayer life sometimes, Esther tries to find out the what and the why.
  • Ask the same thing a hundred times sometimes shows persistence, but also shows that we don’t really believe God is ever going to answer.
  • Instead of sending the clothes back a hundred times, trust that God the Father will answer.  Stay close to the Lord Jesus Christ to find out why the answer has been “No”.
  • Surrender in prayer like in Jeremiah 37.  Jeremiah says Judah will not be victorious over the enemy here and surrender is the only option.  So stop asking for victory.

Informed by the right man (vss 6-7)

  • Mordecai told him of all that happened unto him
  • Mordecai was the original source of Haman’s hatred.  It was Mordecai’s righteousness that kindled Haman’s wrath against him.  Then that wrath grew when Haman heard of Mordecai’s people.
  • Jesus Christ is the original source of the devil’s envy and hatred.  And you and I will learn what we need to know about prayer from Jesus Christ the man, living under the curse.

Informed by the enemy’s devices (vs 7)

  • and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay
  • Mordecai lays out Haman’s plan to destroy the Jews.
  • 2 Corinthians 2:8-11 Holding a grudge is open playing field for Satan.  Satan means accuser.  And accusation is opposite of forgiveness.

Informed by the scriptures (vs 8)

  • he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree
  • Mordecai provides the written decree so there is no confusion about what is going on.
  • Study of the scriptures Daniel 9:2
    • Jeremiah 25:11-21
  • What is the will of God
    • 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5:18
    • 1 Timothy 2:1-4
  • Things Paul prayed for
    • Ephesians 1:16-23
    • Philippians 1:9-11
    • Colossians 1:9-10
    • 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
    • 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2

Informed by circumstances (vs 8)

  • and to charge her that she should go in unto the king to make supplication unto him
  • Mordecai will charge Esther to go speak to the king.  All circumstances are against Mordecai and the Jews.  The money, the law, everything according to the flesh is working against the Jews here.
  • This is something that the king has to address because these problems originated from high up.
  • Some decisions are made well beyond our scope of influence, but prayer is how you change all that.