Esther was an orphan Jewish girl amongst those that had been taken into captivity who eventually became the Persian queen. During which time Haman, a pompous and prideful man, desirous of vain glory and the worship of men, became angry with Esther’s cousin for both refusing to bow to Haman and for gaining favor with the King through humble faithfulness. To which ends he began to slander the Jews and put out a decree to have them all killed.
Upon hearing this Esther called a fast, prayed, sought an audience with the King, humbled herself before him, spent time with him gaining His favor, then pleaded with him to cancel the plans of the enemy. Because of the Kings love for Esther, his wrath was stirred that this enemy would dare to harm her and those she loved. The King then turned everything around by decreeing that Haman be put to death publicly on the very gallows he had built to hang Mordecai, (Ester’s cousin). More then that only, because of Mordecai’s faithfulness, through prayer powered divine intervention, Mordecai was not only protected but promoted. He was given the King’s robe and ring (which granted him both Royal favor and authority), as well as all the possessions, land, and territory of his enemy Haman.
This is more then a great story, it’s more then history, it is the blueprints for powerful intercession, spiritual warfare, and revival! (As well as the personal role of every woman of God in her family, church, community, and world.) When God’s favor comes upon someone (as it did on Mardecai) the enemy will surely be stirred to jealousy and begin plotting, planning, slandering, manipulating, and decreeing death. Then ought to step in an Esther, one who will fast, pray, seek an audience with the King, humble themselves before Him, draw close to Him, gain favor, plead with Him against the plans of the enemy, and because of the closeness of their communion, see His wrath kindled against all that have risen against them and all those they love.
You see, Esther’s favor did not only protect and bless her, her favor was extended to those she loved and fought for. In like manner, when we draw close to God and gain favor, that favor is also extended to those we love the most through our prayers and the love of our King for us. Esther already had all she could ask for, she had the heart of the King, yet through her relationship with the King was Mordecai given the territory of the enemy, along with favor and authority to rule over it.
Let this be a reminder to every intercessor or congregant. Your pastor will only take the ground you petition the King for. Without the Esthers there are no Mordecias because the Hamans win. Yes Mordecai got the ring, the robe, and the parade, while Esther remained hidden behind palace walls, but great is her reward in heaven for her name is written in eternity. Every true life giving, devil defeating, territory taking revival in history, though fronted by a Mordecai, was actually brought about by Esthers hidden behind palace walls seeking an audience with the King.
“And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen. And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king. Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther was. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. And Harbona, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon. So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.” – Esther 7:6-10
“God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth; the Lord revengeth, and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.” – Nahum 1:2-3
“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” – Psalms 23:5-6