Queen Esther took refuge with the Lord in the mortal peril which had overtaken her. She besought the Lord God of Israel in these words:
‘My Lord, our King, the only one, come to my help, for I am alone and have no helper but you and am about to take my life in my hands.
‘I have been taught from my earliest years, in the bosom of my family, that you, Lord, chose Israel out of all the nations and our ancestors out of all the people of old times to be your heritage for ever; and that you have treated them as you promised.
‘Remember, Lord; reveal yourself in the time of our distress.
‘As for me, give me courage, King of gods and master of all power. Put persuasive words into my mouth when I face the lion; change his feeling into hatred for our enemy, that the latter and all like him may be brought to their end.
‘As for ourselves, save us by your hand, and come to my help, for I am alone and have no one but you, Lord.’
Today is Thursday the 14 March, in the First Week of Lent.
Nicky Lathbridge sings ‘High and Lifted’ by Checko Ankrah.
Today’s reading is from the Book of Esther.
Esther is caught up in a messy, violent world of power politics.She wishes to prevent a genocide of her own people, the Jews, at the hands of a foreign power.Aware of her own limitations and fearful, she does three important things:She lets God know what is happening inside her and around her. She then reminds herself who God really is. Then she asks for God’s help. So, what about you?What is your situation in life at the moment, within and without?
Who is your God? How do you want this God to help you?
Listen again and notice the shape of Esther’s prayer, what particularly stays with you as you listen.
Supported by her own prayer, and the prayers of her people, Esther will soon enter the fray and do what she can to help.What do you need to pray?And what do you need to do? Spend some moments at the end of this prayer time talking to the Lord about this.