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Book: The Mantle of Esther

August 12, 2009

mantle of estherThis book is exactly what I’d hoped it would be.

Esther is about intercession, and yet so many books written about her are about being a poised, godly woman. That’s great, but never what I’m looking for when I want to study Esther. Ruth, maybe. Not Esther.

The Mantle of Esther is about Esther-the-Intercessor, and it’s thorough, and it’s fantastic. Larry goes almost verse-by-verse through the book of Esther. He takes it in small chunks and explains everything – the meaning of names, the Jewish traditions referenced, etc.

Bridal Intercession broke me into the idea that intercession is about more than petitioning heaven, more than blatant (if not obnoxious) “spiritual warfare.” Still, I was suspicious. Maybe it just seemed almost too good to be true.

The Mantle of Esther supports the idea, though. Different main text, same basic idea. Intercession is about drawing near to the heart of God. I’m coming to this, but it’s taking a serious “renewing” of my mind – akin to the time I realized God does not dig abortion. Seriously. It’s difficult to completely change the way you’ve been thinking about something for years.

But I don’t think I can really do intercession until I come to terms with this thing. You can’t press into God’s presence with an ulterior motive. So I’m trying to re-learn what intercession is right now.

Which leads me to one last thought: Be patient with the intercessors you know. I almost feel guilty as I get into this, but I can’t get away from it either (short of refusing it, which I’m not about to do). It seems one way, but it’s not. Let them do their thing, even if it seems like nothing.

Some good quotes/thoughts from the book below the fold …

“When you enter the ministry of intercession, you are ‘on call’ for God – not at your convenience, but when His moment arrives, when ‘His heart is merry.‘ The life and hope of the intercessor is built on the foundation of God’s sovereign authority, wisdom and power.”

“If we back off from the call of God, the plan of God will go forward, but we can be set aside.”

“When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, ‘Our Father in heaven,’ He immediately followed with, ‘hallowed be your name,’ which carries the meaning, ‘let your name be treated with reverence.’ The invitation to call God ‘Father,’ or even more intimately ‘Abba,’ is not an invitation to easy familiarity that parades our feelings, ideas, petitions and preferences around in God’s presence. Jesus taught His disciples that confident access to God as Father is twin to a reverent regard for God’s purpose and will: ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done.'”

“God’s people have authority to deal with the power of evil, but it is not lodged in a verbal formula that they use at their own discretion. Tacking ‘in the name of Jesus’ on the end of a self-chosen, self-serving prayer adds five words to the prayer, nothing more.”

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Mari permalink
    August 15, 2009 9:23 pm

    awesome, i’m checking it out.

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