If…

This week, as I was reading the Purim story to our children, some of Ecter’s (Ester’s) words and actions jumped out at me.

By her position and her relationship, Ecter could have approached the King any kind of way.  Hear her impeccable wisdom.  She knew that her need was so dire that she must first prepare for her interaction with him.  She doesn’t prepare alone-but with the help of her people through three days of prayer and fasting together.

Then when the time was right, she went to see him.  She was dressed in her royal garment, standing in the inner court, waiting.  She wasn’t jumping around, pacing back and forth.  She waited patiently.  Her patience pays off because when the King sees her, he immediately favors her and extends his golden scepter toward her.

Then when she walked toward him, she touched the top of his golden scepter and he asked her what was her request-he was ready to give her anything she wanted.

Here is my part-she didn’t assume that because of her position, her relationship, nor even his words that he had just spoken that she should just bring the accusation against Haman.  She doesn’t even assume that his favor would grant any desire her in this request.

Humbly she says:

“If it seem good unto the king,”

Not:

“Well, King you need to do something about Haman…”

Not screaming:

“Haman is going to ……..”

Ecter’s(Ester’s) words remind me of a song on my heart right now by Tasha Cobbs Leonard called “For Your Glory.”  The opening words are this (the Name of the Father is corrected here):

“YAHUAH if I have found favor in Your sight…YAHUAH please hear my humble cry, I am desperately waiting…”

This is key for me.  A few weeks ago, during family prayer time, I prayed  a prayer stating all the things that we do/have done and saying that because we do this then YAHUAH must  answer the way that I wanted Him to.  Shortly after, I felt a nudging from the Ruach saying that this was not be an acceptable way to pray.  Yes I was desperate, I wanted and needed YAHUAH to move on our behalf but demanding anything from YAHUAH  as if this a relationship based off a game of tag..is wrong.

YAHUAH moves in un-explainable ways.  I surely cannot know or even pretend to grasp His thoughts.  So like the song and Ecter(Ester), I have chosen to take a different route in prayer.  Cry out for help yes, but I must often wait for His answer and not assume that just because I am His daughter that I can demand anything.

So unassuming, humbly I pray…

YAHUAH, if I have found favor in Your sight, can You please…”

and then I wait.

I wait and hope.

I listen for His voice, I know that He hears me and that His Faithfulness is Great.

 

 

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YAHUAH, Make My Prayers to Become Strong Walls

 

Lately, when things have been happening that are concerning and I find myself in need of encouragement, I often read the Cepher of Chanok, Esda 4 and The Cepher of Baruk  Sheniy also called Baruk 2.  These three books are powerful in describing the end times.  In my opinion they further back up and are in conjunction with words that YAHUSHA HaMashiach spoke, Sha’ul, Yachucanon, Kepha and the prophets wrote.  If you have not read them, I highly implore to read them – you will not only be blessed but your belief will grow and you will be encouraged.

One day recently, I was just beginning to read Baruk 2 and I found some words.  Before I tell you the words I want to give you a background on Baruk.

Baruk was a prophet during the time of Yirmeyahu and they had a good brotherly relationship and cried out for the sins of their people.  There are two cephers written by him.  1 Baruk opens during fifth year, seventh day of a month when the Kadiym took Yerushalayim while Yahuyaqiym king of Yahudah was ruling.  He was the son Neriyahu, the son of Ma’aseyahu, the son of Cedekyahu, the son of Acadyahu, the son Qelkyahu.  He wrote Baruk 1 while they were in Babel, and read it in the hearing of the Yahuyaqiym, the nobles, the kings sons, the elders and all who dwelt by the river Cud. After reading it they wept, fasted, prayed, took up an offering and sent it to Yerushalayim to ask for somethings and to ask for prayer repenting of their sins of not obeying YAHUAH.  In Chapter 2:21-35 YAHUAH responds to their prayer, giving them instruction. In Chapter 3, I believe that Baruk starts praying and encourages the people to turn to YAHUAH.  Here are some of my favorite words he says:

“I have put off the clothing of peace, and put upon me the sackcloth of my prayer:  I will cry unto the Everlasting in my days.  Be of good cheer, O my children, cry unto YAHUAH, and He will deliver you from the power and hand of the enemies.  For my hope is in the Everlasting, that He will save you; and joy is come unto me from the Holy One, because of the mercy which shall soon come unto you from the Everlasting our Saviour.” 1 Baruk 4:20-22

2 Baruk opens during the twenty fifth year of Yekonyahu, King of Yahudah when YAHUAH speaks to Baruk.  Before I tell you what is said here, I highly encourage you to read 2 Baruk, the conversation between YAHUAH and Baruk is fascinating.  Baruk is told to fast many times, then he is shown many things and he asks YAHUAH questions and YAHUAH answers him!  AWESOME and Eye-Opening are the things that are revealed to Baruk.

Anyways, in 2 Baruk Chapter 1, YAHUAH talks about the sins that the two tribes have been committing and they “will be scattered among other people” and that they will be “chastened.”  Now in 2 Baruk Chapter 2, YAHUAH says:

“For I have said these things to you that you may bid Yirmeyahu, and all those that are like you, to retire from this city.  For your works are to this city as a firm pillar, and your prayers as a strong wall.”

YAHUAH said that Baruks prayers are as a strong wall!  Those are some serious prayers.  I don’t know all of his prayers, but I don’t believe that they were haphazard prayers.  Futhermore based upon 1 Baruk Chapters 3, 4 and 5 and the recorded prayers in 2 Baruk, I believe that his prayers were honest, open, humble, repentful, always extolling YAHUAH and asking for mercy.  He is often weeping for the sins of the people and the affliction of Tsiyon.

After reading these words, I have been encouraged to pray more and more.  I want my prayers to become a strong wall.