Scripture Reading: Esther4: 1-11
Tomorrow, we shall start a two days fasting and prayer, asking the Lord’s blessing and protection. As we feed from the table of God’s word today through this devotional, we are reminded to build and revive our prayer campaign. According to St. Maria Faustina, “Prayer -A soul arms itself by prayer for all kinds of combat. In whatever state the soul may be, it ought to pray. A soul which is pure and beautiful must pray, or else it will lose its beauty; a soul which is striving after this purity must pray, or else it will never attain it; a soul which is newly converted must pray, or else it will fall again; a sinful soul, plunged in sins, must pray so that it might rise again. There is no soul which is not bound to pray, for every single grace comes to the soul through prayer. ”
From our scripture reading, we have an account of the general sorrow that existed among the Jews upon the publishing of Haman’s bloody edict against them. It was a sad time with the people of God. All the Jews in every province denied themselves the comfort of their tables and the comfort of their beds at night. At this difficult moment, Esther and Mordecai mounted a prayer campaign among God’s people. Esther proclaimed fasting and prayer because she believed that God’s favour was to be obtained by prayer, and that God is a prayer-hearing God. It wasn’t only both of them that prayed and fasted but Esther instructed Mordecai to direct the Jews to fast and call a solemn assembly, to meet in their respective prayer chambers to pray, and to keep a solemn fast. She could not join their assemblies; but her maids joined her in the fasting and praying in her apartment. Note, those who are confined to privacy also joined their prayers with those of the solemn assemblies of God’s people; those that are absent in body may be present in spirit. Esther built a prayer network; she formed and led a spiritual army of God’s generals to combat the destructive mandate of the enemy. She risked her life; she defiled human laws in order to secure the peace of God’s people. In Acts of the Apostles 12:5, when King Herod proceeded to arrest Peter and wanting to slaughter him, the church mounted a prayer campaign and God rescued Peter. St. John Chrysostom says, “Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness. ”
Child of God, when danger threatens your life, your family, the church, your community, your organization, your mission, your future, or our world, what do you do? Mount a prayer campaign. Dear friends, in the midst of the many dangers around, threatening the peace, existence, mission and future of believers, today, God calls us to mount prayer campaigns, to build and revive prayer networks again, to form spiritual army of God’s generals, to lead a prayer crusade again in our communities, prayer groups, offices and market arenas, in our colleges, university campuses, in our residence, and in our churches. This is to combat the activities and influences of the forces of darkness. To rescue lives from the danger of eternal destruction, to insist that the will and plans of God must prevail to restore what the enemies have stolen, bring to life that which the enemies have killed and to usher God’s people into enjoying the reality of the fullness of life which Jesus has given to us. You can become part of God’s prayer network by creating a prayer team even with the members of your family both biological and ecclesial. To realise this, Daily Strength Devotional asks you to set up what we call Daily Strength Prayer Network (DSPN), comprising of members of the Daily Strength family around you.
- Thank God for today’s reflection.
- Pray for pardon for the times you failed to raise a prayer campaign when it was needed.
- Oh Lord, revive my prayer life and grant me the grace to fast. (Take seriously)
- Lord, help me to build and to revive a prayer network.
- Pray for all Daily Strength Users as the Spirit directs you.
Exercise: Form what we call Daily Strength Prayer Network (DSPN), this week.
Memory Verse: Jonah 3:10