Home Forums VOICE OF PROPHECY – Kingdom of God Prophetic Words DO YOU CARRY A MORDECAI MANDATE FOR THE NATION? – By Wanda Alger

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    Ron McGatlin

    At a time when our nation is in chaos and the enemies of God seem relentless, it is not only important for us to pray, but to also consider additional actions that will demonstrate kingdom authority in our spheres of influence. We can learn much from one intercessor in the Bible who affected an entire nation through his prayers as well as his actions. Though many are familiar with Esther’s role in delivering a nation from destruction, Mordecai paved the way for this national breakthrough through his prayers and engagement in the public square. His persistence and perseverance in the midst of uncertainties and threats show a man with a mandate – an assignment from the Lord. His story reveals several strategic keys for effective prayer and engagement as we seek wisdom and discernment in confronting wickedness in high places.

    LOVING GOD AND OTHERS: Mordecai was a father figure to Esther. In raising her, he helped establish her faith, as well as her love for God and the Jewish people (Esther 2:7). This bond rightly directed their hearts, their prayers, and their responses throughout their journey. This kind of foundation is essential to effective prayer. Meaningful relationships and mutual concern for others helps to establish the proper motivation in prayer.

    GOING “ON-SITE FOR INSIGHT”: When Esther was taken to the palace, Scripture states, “Every day he (Mordecai) walked back and forth near the courtyard of the harem to find out how Esther was and what was happening to her.” (Esther 2:11) As a man of prayer, could these have been daily prayer walks!? Every day, Mordecai was on-site to listen and learn, seeking the Lord for insight during the twelve months of Esther’s beauty treatments for the king. Prayer-walking our communities may be an under-utilized tool of intercession that can produce powerful insights and clarity as to the Lord’s purposes and plans.

    ENGAGING IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE: Mordecai also sat at the king’s gate where decisions were made, and official business took place (2:19). Whether he was an invited participant or careful observer, he sought to be better informed. He positioned himself at the place where decrees were issued, and verdicts were rendered on behalf of the king and the nation. This shows us the need to be rightly informed on issues and watching those in positions of authority to learn and discern.

    SPEAKING OUT AGAINST CORRUPTION: Mordecai’s decision to sit in this place of political activity proved to be significant. He overheard a plot to assassinate the king and reported it to Esther (2:21-23). He did not let fear stop him from alerting the palace of this threat. When the investigation proved the story to be true, the criminals were hanged, and Mordecai’s courageous actions were written in the official record. Believers need ongoing boldness when confronting wrong-doing or corruption. Regardless of the threats, our testimonies and actions may be the very catalyst to break the enemy’s back.

    EXPOSING INJUSTICE: This seemingly small but significant act granted Mordecai great favor with the king. Unbeknownst to Mordecai or Esther, God planned to use this event to later position Mordecai as a trusted adviser to the king. His willingness to speak up and take action against injustice created a platform for him when much more would be at stake. Never forsake small beginnings! God is looking for your faithfulness, no matter how small the task. It may be what opens the door to an even bigger assignment!

    STANDING IN THE FACE OF INTIMIDATION AND THREATS: When Mordecai refused to bow to Haman, the demonically-driven official sought to kill him (3:5-6). Even so, Mordecai didn’t compromise or relent. Despite ridicule and death threats, Mordecai stood his ground and trusted God to vindicate him. It is critical to trust the Lord’s timing when seeking justice. Sometimes, we will be called to simply stand our ground as the Lord makes the next move.

    Wanda Alger

    • This topic was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by Ron McGatlin.
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