Prayer (Esther #16)

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Text: Esther 5:1-4 (No AUDIO)

Preparation to pray

  • Esther put on her royal apparel
  • Esther physically prepared to be in the king’s presence.  If you’ve ever been to fancy dinner or on a high end special occasion, it may take a lady hours to prepare for the event.
  • Not so much the physical appearance as it is the posture of your heart in the case of prayer.
    • Gratitude is a good approach
    • Psalm 110:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
    • Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
    • Forgiving spirit is a good approach
    • Humble is a good approach – Psalm 10:17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

Place of the king

  • King sat upon his royal throne
  • I notice Esther is in trouble, but the king is not.  Esther is very worried, but the king is not.  Esther heart is racing and she is concerned, but the king is not.

Peace from the king

  • She obtained favour in his sight…And the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre…
  • The sceptre made clear the opportunity
    • Jesus Christ is the sceptre, The sceptre shall not depart from Judah
    • Jesus Christ shed his blood to give man an opportunity to meet with God.  When you come to God on the basis of what Jesus Christ did, you make God happy.
    • Lord, for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ make me and make us a testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ

Promise from the king

  • What wilt thou queen Esther?…
  • You won’t have more power than me, but I’ll give you exactly what I have
  • Prayer promises
  • John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
  • 1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
  • Luke 11 – Importunity will get an answer, but how about a good God who wants to answer?  Evil fathers know how to give good gifts to their children, how much more does the Good Father know how to give to his children?

Power of prayer

  • If it seem good…the king said, Cause Haman….
  • Prayer changes things
  • God has placed Himself under the law of prayer, and has obligated Himself to answer the prayers of men. He has ordained prayer as a means whereby He will do things through men as they pray, which He would not otherwise do.
  • Prayer changes things because God changes things.
    • Daniel’s prayers and answers
    • Answered prayer means you got a hold of the Creator of all things and He agreed with you and moved in a direction you wanted Him to.
  • It is an opportunity to allow the Lord to put his name on it
  • The king offers himself through the sceptre
  • The king allows that if he puts his sceptre down, he may commit himself to your cause.