How to Pray with Authority like Nehemiah and Esther
I want to invite you on a journey to look at the lives of Nehemiah and Esther as we learn how to pray with authority. The Lord brought about miraculous intervention and deliverance through these risk takers and history makers.
- Both heard dismal reports of trouble, shame, brokenness and plots of destruction.
- Both lamented and turned heavenward in fervent prayer and fasting, seeking the Lord for strength, wisdom and divine intervention.
- Both found themselves in an opportune time – in a position of strategic ACCESS and INFLUENCE.
- Both asked largely and specifically – and received ALL that they asked for.
Their prayers didn’t stagnate in the realm of the ethereal. They materialized into action, precisely in the place where they had access and influence.
Nehemiah Steps Out
Nehemiah volunteered himself to be an answer to the devastating report given to him concerning Jerusalem. As cupbearer to the king, he asked boldly:
- To be sent to Judah, to rebuild.
- To be guaranteed safe passage with letters of authority for travel.
- To be given all of the building materials for rebuilding the temple, the city walls and his own personal house.
“And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me.” Nehemiah 2:8
Esther Risks Everything
Esther, recent captive turned queen, knew how to pray and took the risk to intercede before God and the king on behalf of her people – and her request was granted. What the enemy intended for evil was turned around into glorious victory. This victory is still celebrated every year in Israel and by the Jewish people around the world on the day of Purim, to honor Esther’s courageous faith and the ensuing deliverance.
Intercession then is about ACCESS and INFLUENCE.