“Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”
There are many lessons from the story of Esther, but today our focus is on the role of prayer in yielding supernatural intervention. Let me give you a background first. Haman was King Ahasuerus’ right hand man. Everyone would bow to him in the entire province except the man Mordecai. Because of Mordecai, Haman hated the Jews so much, he wanted them dead. He got a decree from the king to kill all the Jews (Esther 3:7-11).
When Queen Esther became aware of this, she called a fast for all the Jews and joined in with her maidens (Esther 4: 16,17). There is a lesson here: Do you have friends that you pray with or are all your friends just for fun? You must have friendships that spur you on spiritually. Back to the story, after the fast, Esther experienced such a great level of supernatural intervention.
See what happened in Est 5:3: “Then said the king unto her, what wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.” This was the same king that she was afraid to approach because it was against the law for anyone to come see him without his request. Things began to work in her favour.
Haman had caused gallows to be made to hang Mordecai. But at a banquet which Esther invites the King and Haman, Esther opens up to the King about Haman’s wickedness. As the King walks to the balcony in anger, he sees the gallows. But that is just the beginning. He returns to find Haman begging Queen Esther, but in a compromising position – lying on her lap. Things go from bad to worse for Haman, but for Esther and the Jews, it is nothing other than God’s supernatural intervention.
We see a similar example in Acts 12. Herod killed James the brother of John. When he saw that it pleased the people, he arrested Peter as well. But the church did not take it sitting down. Act 12:5 says: “Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.”
The church prayed without ceasing for him. And guess what? This triggered Angelic visitation. An angel broke into the prison and set Peter free. In what areas do you need supernatural intervention? Pray about them in faith, sticking God’s word above all.