Self-preservation is defined as the protection of oneself from harm or death, and is regarded as a basic instinct in human beings and animals.
When we read of Esther’s hesitance to approach King Ahasuerus on behalf of the Jewish people (Esther 3:13-4:17), it’s evident she too felt the intense need for self-preservation. Then Mordecai, her uncle, told her that perhaps God raised her to such a position in the kingdom in order to save her people. He went on to emphasize that if she refuses to depend on God’s protection for herself and didn't intercede for the rest of the Jewish population, that her attempt at self-preservation would not succeed anyway. He was certain she would not escape death.
After being confronted with the possible outcome of her self-preservation, Esther’s focus turned to dependence on God’s protection for herself as well as her people. Once her focus changed, her methods did as well. She requested for all the Jews and her young maidens to hold a three day fast on her behalf prior to her attempt to speak with King Ahasuerus. This plea for earnest prayer expressed her dependence on God’s intervention.
Prayer is one indication we are walking in dependence on God. Lack of prayer is evidence of our walking independently from Him. How much of our daily lives do we bath in prayer? Is there any situation we’ve not brought to the Father? Let us do so now, depending on Him to accomplish His divine purposes through whatever He’s allowed to touch our lives.
Father, I’m thankful that you tell us in your word to come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Please remind me often to do this so you can preserve me and guide me. Amen.
Go Deeper — If you don’t keep a prayer journal, start today. After each request, leave a place where you can go back and write in the date God provided an answer. This will serve to strengthen your dependence on Him.
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