Esther 4:17-23 Reflecton
Queen Esther is in mortal peril and she calls on the Lord for help. First, Queen Esther reminds the Lord of the way that she had been taught by her parents and how God had promised to look after his people.
Then Esther goes on to quote a lovely line: "Remember, Lord: reveal yourself in the time of our distress."
In her hour of need, Esther calls on God and reminds him of the promises he has made to the people. But that phrase, "reveal yourself", says so much about the relationship of the Israelite people to their God.
For the Israelite, God is a God who intervenes in the lives and history of the people. The ultimate in this revealing of himself to the people is in the person of Jesus, when God sends his son to the world.
But Esther is calling on God to reveal himself in her situation, expecting him to act on her behalf. When we pray to God we should expect him to reveal himself in our situation, we should be waiting for him to make his move.
This expectant prayer is in line with the teaching of Jesus, that every prayer is answered. God, today as in the days of Esther, is a God who intervenes and in his intervening he reveals himself.
We only need to ask, watch and wait. He always comes if we ask him!