Mordecai and the entire Jewish community cried and many put on sackcloth and ashes.
There was serious grief among the Jewish people to the point that they wept, wailed and started to fast.
This fasting was prior to the one ordered by Esther.
So even before Esther gave the order for the three-day fasting many of the Jews had already been in fasting mood.
The condition was very desperate that they had to take desperate steps.
It was not a moment of leaving their destinies at the mercy of wickedness.
What are you doing about the ‘Haman’ of your life and destiny?
Arise and fight and the Lord will help you, in Jesus’ Name.
When the matter got to Esther, she initially decided to pacify Mordecai, who in turn, refused to be pacified.
He refused to take the situation as his cross and fought to crush it.
Don’t hand over your destiny to the mercy of the devil out of ignorance and spiritual indolence.
We also saw Mordecai as a motivator unto Esther.
When Esther was about making the mistake of taking it easy, he provoked her by informing her of the danger ahead of even herself, if the decree should be executed.
In dealing with Haman and his plot to destroy the Jews, Esther gave the above order and concluded that he would do what Mordecai wanted her to do and that if she perished, let her perish.
What a radical and risky decision!
But one thing is clear that those who take risk unto the point of perishing for such noble and spiritual causes don’t perish.
They end up victoriously.
David the king of Israel took such a risk and became a hero after killing that giant by name Goliath (1 Samuel 17).
As the Jews obeyed and carried out this order, Esther was able to go and meet the king, her husband, on the third day.
She did this against an initial laid down order that even herself was not expected to see him within that period of time; but through prayers, the atmosphere of the heavens was cleared for her to attract the favour of the king.
She took that risk and it became a proof of the answer to the prayer and fasting that the Jews engaged in for three days.
In the course of her approach to the king, things began to work out which culminated in the hanging of Haman on the gallows that he prepared for Mordecai.
The tables turned around through prayer.
Another counter decree was promulgated in favour of the Jews, giving them power over their enemies, who they destroyed and gained total victory.
Prayer changes things and enhances destiny and divine elevation.
Let us consider how the exaltation of Mordecai commenced.
When Haman went home from Esther’s banquet, he became joyful, but the matter of Mordecai was still bothering him.
The enemy has no real joy; but the Lord Jesus came that we might have life abundantly and that our joy may be full (John 10:10; 15:11; 16:24).
There is nothing good a man can do to the devil that will satisfy him and stop him from carrying out his mission of destruction.
He is wicked to the core that he can never be a friend to any man, including his own agents.
He specialises in using a man unto his (the man’s) destruction.
As Haman was planning on how to have Mordecai hanged on the gallows, the king could not sleep over the night.
The prayers of the Jews caused him sleepless nights so that the enemy’s plan will be frustrated in order for the exaltation of Mordecai to begin to show forth.
Those who are ordained to become agents of your exaltation will experience sleepless nights because of you.
The king in the cause of that sleeplessness thought so much and came to a conclusion that the book of the records of the chronicles should be read before him.
This is divine.
That record had been there for quite some time and nothing was done about it, until that day.
The Lord provoked the king into that reading in answer to the prayers of the Jews.
Mordecai was to be honoured for that noble role that he played, but it was swept under the carpet for some time; until prayer was offered to God.
He sowed a good and noble seed, but it could not shoot forth, until they prayed.
So it is lack of wisdom for a man to only trust and depend on his good works and the seed he sows, without embarking on serious prayers to cause heaven to release the rain of fruitfulness on what he does.
Has the Lord revealed anything concerning your destiny to you?
Are you working towards what you have received from Him in order to receive and attain to that promise?
Then prayer must be your watch word among other virtues that you may display.
Your prayers will release the rain necessary for what you are cultivating to be manifested.
Don’t sit down claiming God’s faithfulness without putting on the armour of prayer.
Mordecai would have continued in that state of no recognition if they had not prayed.
Although prayer is not what God totally sees to bring about the change that one desires and deserves, but it draws God’s attention to reward a man.
Prayer without virtues is baseless and virtues without prayer are fruitless.
Don’t be a prayer giant and be a dwarf in virtues.
You can’t keep on cultivating a land without the expectation of rain.
It is the rain that really brings fruitfulness to what is sown.
It is prayer the causes the release of the rain of change unto any man’s divine increase and exaltation.
When one of the king’s servants was reading the records of the chronicles to the king, the matter of Mordecai came into his ears.
He then began to have some special interest for Mordecai.
This is also divine.
The man was forced to trace what had to do with the honour of Mordecai, in answer to the prayers of Mordecai and the rest of the Jews (including Esther).
Your deeds of righteousness will be made known to people that matter.
They will be caused to know more about you as you remain faithful and prayerful.
All the barriers that had been placed on their way against your recognition will be removed to the glory of God.