Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Power of Fasting - Esther Prayed And Fasted Her Way Into Favour

Grace = Divine Favour.
Grace is a gift. – You can’t buy it BUT, You can press your way into it.
Luke 16:16 - The law and the prophets were until John:
since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

Matthew 11:12 - And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven SUFFERETH VIOLENCE, and the VIOLENT TAKE IT BY FORCE
·        BE VIOLENT TO ONESELF – Disregard comfort to take what belongs to you.

Fasting = Servicing your tomorrow!
Esther 4:16 - Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, AND FAST ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise;
and so will I go in unto the king, which is NOT ACCORDING TO THE LAW: and if I PERISH, I PERISH.
Who Is Esther?
1.     A foreigner – NOT Where You Belong / Not Entitled
2.     A Woman - (Church without women is dead)
3.     A Queen – Fasting is important regardless of your status
What Challenges Was she facing
1.     Humiliation
2.     Death and Destruction of her people.

What Results Result Did She Get Out Of Prayer and Fasting?
1.     FAVOUR to have the ATTENTION of the King

2.     Open Cheque
Esther 5:6 - And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed.

3.     The Enemy was Destroyed
Esther 7:10 - So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.