My Bible Thoughts w/Pastor Rich

Esther 5: How to Pray and Fast

November 15, 2023 Rich Episode 172
My Bible Thoughts w/Pastor Rich
Esther 5: How to Pray and Fast
My Bible Thoughts w/Pastor Rich
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Show Notes


  • In this episode of "My Bible Thoughts," Pastor Rich delves into the compelling narrative of Esther, a tale of courage, prayer, and divine timing.
  • Explores the relevance of Esther's story in navigating moments when life seems out of sync and the search for hope and intervention arises.

Esther's Dilemma:

  • Paints the picture of Esther, a woman facing insurmountable odds, thrust into a position where her actions could determine the fate of her people.
  • Illustrates the tension and pivotal moment when Esther stands before the king, her heart pounding, relying on prayer and fasting for favor.
  • Quotes Proverbs 21:1 (KJV) highlighting the belief in God's influence over the king's heart.

Divine Orchestration:

  • Explores the climax where, against all odds, the king grants Esther an audience and offers her anything she desires.
  • Emphasizes the importance of timing and divine providence in Esther's story, showcasing it as a testament to God's guiding hand.

The Power of Prayer and Fasting:

  • Discusses prayer as direct communication with God and fasting as a deliberate act to focus on spiritual nourishment.
  • Describes how prayer and fasting work hand in hand, creating space for divine intervention and transformation in one's life.

Practical Application:

  • Offers practical advice on engaging in effective prayer and fasting: setting aside specific times for prayer, starting with small fasting commitments, and identifying areas for breakthrough through prayer and fasting.
  • Emphasizes the importance of listening during prayer and fasting and encourages perseverance in these disciplines.

Conclusion and Prayer:

  • Encourages listeners to embrace prayer and fasting as pathways to a deeper relationship with the divine, emphasizing the journey rather than a mere obligation.
  • Pastor Rich leads a prayer, invoking Esther's courage and seeking divine guidance and alignment with God's purpose.

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  • Encourages listeners to trust in God's timing and purpose, emphasizing that life's events, seemingly coincidental, are part of God's masterpiece.
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