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Response When We Don't Know the Outcome


After Esther and God’s people fasted and prayed for three days they experienced a degree of deliverance when Haman was removed, but the decree that Haman had convinced the king to implement could not be rescinded. Though Haman had been brought down, the people of God still did not know if in the end they would truly be delivered from the hands of the wicked.

Esther did not stop interceding even after victory over Haman. Though her enemy had been brought down, she went again before the king even though she could lose her life by going to him when he had not called her. She fell at his feet and implored him with tears to counter the evil of Haman and the scheme he had devised against the Jews. 

In this second time coming before the king, Esther reached an even deeper level of intercession. The Bible says she implored him with tears! Esther’s deepened intercession moved the king’s heart to allow them to write a decree that he would seal, that would help counteract the first decree! Esther’s second round of intercession was the key to putting in motion the complete deliverance for God’s people. And God asks of us a deeper intercession as Esther! 

We have been praying and fasting for this election and the outcome is still uncertain, but we are going to CONTINUE to pray and intercede as the election battle continues because the future of our nation hangs in the balance. 

There are two keys that may make our prayers more effective and keys that may put into motion a complete deliverance for us as well. 

The first key is praying with the right motive! 

What is our motive for praying for a victory in this election, for praying for deliverance from the unrighteous? If we are praying for victory so that we can continue to be comfortable, or so our country can continue to be great, then our motive is not pure. But if we are praying for victory because we want the righteous to lead and the unrighteous brought down in order that God’s Kingdom can go forth in our nation, and that His Name would be lifted up and glorified, that is a pure motive and will please the Lord!  

If our motive is pure when we pray, we will not be discouraged when the circumstances are not turning out as we want or as we expect because we know that ultimately God will choose what is best for us! 

The second key is to seek a greater depth of humility and repentance in prayer both individually and corporately. 

This starts with us looking inward to our own heart. In Psalm 25 we see David praying and seeking deliverance from his enemies, yet we see him looking inward to his own heart while he prayed: “Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; according to your mercy remember me, for Your goodness’ sake, O Lord. For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is great.” (Psalm 25:7, 11) David looked inward! He was repenting and longing for the Lord to pardon him for His Name’s sake! 

“O my God, I trust in You; let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me. Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. Look on my affliction and my pain, and forgive all my sins. Consider my enemies, for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred." (Psalm 25:2-3, 18-19) How similar this sounds to our current situation in this country! David then closes this psalm by praying, “Redeem Israel, O God, out of all their troubles!” 

Throughout this psalm, David is crying out for deliverance but also pleading for forgiveness. Similarly, Esther and God's people were crying out for deliverance but also pleading for forgiveness as they humbled themselves! 

They and others experienced great deliverances BUT first came inward humility and repentance. Prayer is not complete unless we look inward, both individually and corporately, and repent for our sin that is displeasing to the Lord! 

We must turn away from all iniquity! We must ask God to search our own hearts and show us our sin. We must come humbly before the Holy God and allow Him to cleanse us.

May we pray with the right motive from a deeper place in our hearts and speak complete truth about our own sins as we pray for this nation.

Past Revivals: The North Korean Revival of 1907
Faith by Hearing: Answered Prayer Series


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