From Celebration to Intercession

Posted in Leadership by Benham Brothers | September 2nd, 2014



I love celebrating life in Christ! All of His goodness, mercy, & kindness that led me to repentance and has carried me through the fiery trials of life – these are worth celebrating. But the Spirit of God is compelling me to pause the celebration and engage in intercession. With ISIS on the rise and Christians on the run now is not the time for celebration. It’s time for intercession.

Mordecai’s life provides an excellent testimony for us to emulate. After being paraded around the city of Susa as royalty by order of the King, Mordecai went right back to his intercessory post, in humility. He was on a mission, and no amount of celebrating was going to interfere with it. Haman’s plot to destroy all the Jews in 127 provinces was in the head of the King, and it was Mordecai’s calling to intercede on their behalf to resist this evil. Haman’s plot is still alive today – it’s just wearing a different glove (ISIS, Hamas, America’s Agenda to Silence, etc.)

What if Mordecai would’ve embraced instead of rejected his new identity as “the man whom the king honors?” Let’s just imagine that for a moment: He creates a new website, establishes a massive twitter following, lands a book deal, and starts building “his” brand – all promoting himself. He’d be so busy promoting himself or his new “ministry” that he wouldn’t have time to resist the evil of his day. As a matter of fact, his growing followers might be offended or alienated if he took a hard stand against the King’s edict to kill the Jews. It wouldn’t be in “his best interest” to take a strong stand. Sound familiar?

But the Spirit compelled Mordecai to intercession, not celebration. Yet the end of the story is definitely a cause for celebration – “For Mordecai the Jew was second only to King Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews and in favor with his many kinsmen, one who sought the good of his people and one who spoke for the welfare of his whole nation.” (Esther 10:3)

It’s time to move from celebration to intercession in the American church today. It’s time to quit promoting and start fighting. It’s time to seek the good of God’s people and to stand for the welfare of our whole nation. It’s time to be like Mordecai, who “returned to the kings gate” in intercession, not in celebration.

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