This week in worship at Church of the Resurrection, we will hear about Esther, who had some very big decisions to make.
Sometimes life puts us in a place where we just don’t know what to do. We turn to God in prayer, but how will we recognize the answer?
C.S. Lewis said, “I pray not to change God’s will, I pray to change me.” A big part of our ongoing conversation with God is the change it brings about in our hearts, minds, and actions. When we are stuck, a good question to ask is, “How is God working to change ME in this situation so that I will be more like him, following his will more closely?”
It is more common to pray asking God to change the situation. Esther could have prayed, “God make Haman change his mind so I don’t have to risk my life by addressing the king.” She could have prayed, “God, please protect me here in the palace from the terrible thing that is about to happen to all the Jews in the kingdom.” We don’t really know – maybe she did. We do know what happened. Esther changed. She became brave and faithful and stepped forward to save her people and her family.
Praying to see the change God wants to bring about in us is a very scary thing. But God has promised us change for the good. In Jeremiah 29:11-14 God said this to some of his people who were living in danger: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
God promised to listen. He also promised we will find him when we seek him, but we must be ready to accept the change that comes with finding his perfect will. Look how well the change worked out for Esther!
Jennifer Creagar – Prayer Ministry