Verse 6 Esther said, “An adversary and enemy! This vile Haman!” Then Haman was terrified before the king and queen.
Yesterday we learned how Esther called for all the area Jews to join her in praying and fasting before she approached the king asking for the safety of her people. When we pray for God to give us the boldness to stand up for Him, and are serious about standing for Him, He will give you what it is you need.
In our passage today we see that Esther had not only been accepted by the king, he and his man, Haman, had gone to a banquet the queen had given for them. When the king asked what it was she wanted, up to half of the kingdom, she requested only that they join her for another banquet. This is where we pick up the narrative.
The prayers of the people have helped Esther take the stand she has needed to take. And she took it boldly! Notice how she words the facts of the matter. She doesn’t sugar coat it, nor does she hedge around the bush of truth. She doesn’t get all huffy yet doesn’t speak the truth like a timid mouse either. She spoke with in a way that the king became enraged by the truth and Haman become terrified. God gave her the boldness that was needed to speak the truth so that His people could be saved from the evil Haman.
The New Testament Church had a time when Peter and John were told by the religious leaders to be quiet and never speak about Jesus, the Messiah again. Their response was to gather the Church together and pray. What do you think they prayed for? They prayed for courage to preach the truth of Jesus boldly and to be able to do miracles in the name of Jesus (Acts 4:29-30). And God answered their prayers greatly. People even started bringing their sick family members to lay along the path in hopes that Peter’s shadow would fall across them allowing them to be healed (Acts 5:15).
This is something that the Church of today is often missing. Prayer doesn’t seem as important to people in the pews today and so boldness in prayer is near extinction. If we knew the power of God like we say we do, we should be praying and living in great boldness.
Making It Personal
Have you ever prayed for boldness to speak about Jesus? What was the result? What do you need to speak boldly about today?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to be bold? How can you live boldly for Jesus? What will living boldly for Jesus do?
Father, thank You for working boldly through us when we come to You asking for boldness. Help us see our need to seek Your boldness. In Jesus’ name, amen.