Archive for October, 2011
Annihilation can be directed against a person, family, society, system, government, culture, beliefs and even an entire nation with all its history.
History teaches us how entire nations have suffered when others have wanted to annihilate them. For example, during World War II and the Holocaust, Poland lost:
45% of her doctors,
57% of her attorneys
40% of her professors,
30% of her technicians,
More than 18% of her clergy
Most of her journalists.
Through the book of Esther, the Bible tells us of a story where there was a plot to destroy the entire Jewish nation.
“And the letters were sent by couriers into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to plunder their possessions.” (Esther 3:13, NKJV)
Let’s look at the most prominent characters of this story:
King Ahasuerus: the king of the Persians and Medes who, during his time, “reigned over one hundred and twenty seven provinces, from India to Ethiopia.” (Esther 1:1).
Queen Vashti: wife of King Ahasuerus, who was dethroned after refusing to come when the king commanded to bring her.
Esther: Jewish woman who became queen in place of Vashti; she prayed on behalf of her nation.
Mordecai: Queen Esther’s cousin, and key figure behind Esther’s rise to role as queen and the victory over the plot to destroy the Jews.
Haman: the Agagite who became prime minister under the Persian king Ahasuerus. He was a fierce enemy of the Jews and devised a plot to exterminate them. Through the intervention of Esther, his scheme was unmasked, and he received the punishment of death.
Unfortunately, even to this day, the enemy continues in his intentions to destroy and annihilate people, families, society, governments, cultures, beliefs and even entire nations. However, we can use the example of Esther, and learn from the strategies employed, to fight the enemy’s intentions.
The following are some of the strategic points in the story of Esther that led to victory:
1. Maintain alertness: Mordecai and the Jewish people were alert. First, Mordecai discovered a plot against the king and this brought him favor; later, when the plot against the Jews was made known, Mordecai and the Jewish population acted quickly with fasting. Maintaining alertness allowed them to prepare for what was to come.
“When Mordecai learned all that had happened, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city. He cried out with a loud and bitter cry…. And in every province where the king’s command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.” (Esther 4:1, 3)
In a similar manner, we must be alert to our spiritual surroundings, seeking discernment from the Lord in order to identify the enemy’s attacks; and once identified, begin the counterattack through prayer.
2. Establish a well-defined purpose>: Esther combined fasting and prayer with a well-defined purpose. Her goal: though the king had not summoned her, she would go before him and inform the king of the plot against the Jews and beg for justice.
“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” (Esther 4:16)
The present society must recognize the power that is unleashed when you combine fasting and prayer with well-defined purposes.
3. Seek unity: As in the above verse, all the Jews in Shushan came in agreement to fast and pray according to what Esther had asked.
Currently, there is a clamor among the nations asking God to rise up people who will develop a serious commitment to the principles of the Word of God, and obey His word without hesitation.
There are people in our society who have managed to walk in obedience to the word of God, and have received grace and favor as a result, however, many others lack obedience and there are consequences when we disobey. We must fight together in unity in order to see significant changes.
We must remember that through unity, mankind has achieved major changes for the benefit of future generations. It has been said: When one person stands up, he is often not noticed; but when thousands stand up together they cannot be overlooked.
Like the end of this story, we too can be rid of our enemy.
Through fasting and prayer they were delivered from their enemies and turned their sorrow to joy, and their mourning into a good day. Esther 9:22 says, “as the days on which the Jews had rest from their enemies, as the month which was turned from sorrow to joy for them, and from mourning to a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and joy, of sending presents to one another and gifts to the poor.”
There is much destruction that has been raised in this society. Are we aware of it? Would you like to join in prayer and fasting to stop the spirit of annihilation that is moving around our neighborhoods? If you live near the city of Colleyville, we invite you to see our calendar of intercession, and participate in our times of fasting and prayer. Blessings!