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Unexpected Legacy Day 17

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Scripture: Esther 4:15-16 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai:  “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

Devotional:  Esther makes the decision to put her life and the lives of all Jews, in the hands of God.  She declares a three day time of fasting and prayer for all.  She decides that she’s all in: “if I perish, I perish.”

In this, she demonstrates incredible solidarity with her people.  She could easily have considered herself separate from them, but she did not.  Her heritage was not something she was just born into, it was the core of who she was – faithful to and trusting in the God of Israel.

Reflect:

  • Do you perceive Esther’s actions as throwing in the towel, or having incredible hope?
  • What role, if any, has fasting and prayer taken in your life?
  • What can you learn from Esther’s engagement in this spiritual practice?