SUMMARY OF THE STORY
Before this time, the Jews were taken captives in the time of Nebuchadnezzar, Mordecai (a Jew) came to captivity with Esther. Queen Vashti disobeyed the ruling King Ahasuerus and she was replaced with Esther.
In the course of time Haman (one of King Ahasuerus' Men) was promoted but Mordecai refuse to bow to him. Haman got angry and he sought not to kill Mordecai but the entire Jews. Hence they needed a saviour.
Esther has just been made Queen, she's not allowed to go into the King's court except she is summoned. If she breaks this rule, the penalty is death except the King raise His golden scepter towards her.
Mordecai wrote to Esther, that she's the only one who can convince the king to nullify the plot of Haman towards the Jews. But she can't just enter the King's court without invitation. This is her reply to Mordecai;
Esther 4:15-17 NKJV
Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” So Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther commanded him.
FAITH PLUS A LITTLE EFFORT.
- The only weapon of Christians is Prayers. When you pray you must have faith. Because Without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6)
- Faith without work is dead (What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? James 2:14 NKJV). If Esther and the entire Jews only fasted and prayed for 3 days, they may not be saved. But Esther decided to take a step further (And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!)
- When you Fast and pray to God for things your heart desires, you must make a little effort towards whatever you've prayed for, and God will bless your prayer, your faith and your efforts.
You have fasted and you have prayed for a Job, yet you have not make a effort to give any employer your cv
You have fasted and prayed about your crumbling relationship, yet you have not sat down to discuss what the problem is with your partner.
You have fasted and prayed about your health, yet you have not taken healthy precautions or watch your diets.
Remember "faith without work is dead"
Have a great day