“Making the Esther Second Choice” by Bob Hartley
“The invitation that the Lord is issuing to us today, is like the invitation Esther received. Mordecai challenged her to plead for her people before the king, even though it could cost her, her life. In the book of Esther, Queen Vashti is summoned by the king, but refuses him perhaps too busy with their own activities, building her own kingdom or maybe offended at the way the King ran his kingdom (Like many in the marketplace). Esther had a different approach, asking what pleased the king and gained his favor. She chose to love and trust. She had a difficult life as an orphan, only to find herself living the life of a rich princess. When Mordecai alerts her to the plight of her people, the Jews, Esther has a difficult choice to make. She has become comfortable in the palace. Will she like business people, risk at all for their deliverance, or will she off for personal comfort? Esther acknowledges the difficulty of her choice asking for the prayer of others. She had to go before God with her fears, her desire for self protection and self concern, looking instead into the eyes of the One who has cared for her thus far. And there she finds strength to make the choice. I believe everything will change, when we see those eyes. Intimacy with the King of kings will become our priority, above preoccupation with worldly comforts. Her first love was sweet but second love is deep. She made the choice to surrender all and effected deliverance for her people. This story is really about a relationship of deep love and trust for the Lord, whatever storms may be coming to your city. He is after a company of people who will really love Him and start the prayers that will usher in His Kingdom.”
A Call to Prayer
“I believe that there's going to be 3 “C’s” (Cleveland, California and Canberra). Cleveland is being extended this invitation and Cleveland could get its respect back. Canberra and Orange County are other cities with this invitation.”
“Unless 10 cry out; cities will end up like Sodom & Gomorrah (Genesis 18 &19) In these cities the marketplace people are more hardened in their greed and independence. The Lord’s response will be swift and intense but the slate will be wiped clean to have a fresh start. The Lord did not call it judgment but, “starting anew”. There needs to be sincere repentance from the city leaders and earnest desire for the ways of God. Melbourne Australia is one such city.”
“Some cities would go into captivity as in Jeremiah 32. It will seem like the enemy is winning some battles and there is a lack of Holy Spirit activity. In reality God’s promises are true as in Jeremiah (32:42). Small, but mighty groups would seek the Lord in the Word of the Lord would come to them. They would call to God and He would do great and mighty things that they knew not of (Jeremiah 33:3).
I believe Portland is one such city heading into this kind of captivity. We must remember that this stripping is so that the people will be free from distraction and dissipation to call on the Name of the Lord. I saw several cities where prayer & revelation will increase in these small but powerful small groups, Kansas City, MO & Bakersfield, CA were included in these cities.”