Can you carry the weight of the whole world? – The pain, desires, confusion, depression and lack of even, the women in your community.
You can’t! I can’t! No human being can.
The only person who ever did that was Jesus. And you know how, even though Divine, the load made Him cry out – “my Father my Father, why has thou forsaken me”. What a heavy load! That’s the reason He said we all, as individuals, should come unto Him, lay our petitions and receive.
Wailing to God can’t be done by just you or me. We all… Everyone… needs to wail. It’s no surprise, therefore, that Jeremiah, in chapter 9 verse 20 instructed the women to “teach your daughters wailing, and everyone her neighbour lamentation”.
A young woman who championed the deliverance and dominion of her people did exactly that. Esther. Her uncle Mordecai challenged her to act in defence of her people. It wasn’t a beauty contest this time. Battle. Either she fights or they’re finished. Physical weapons got no place here. She knew the right weapon – prayers.
Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. (Esther 4:16)
But as she set out to war on her knees, she did one important thing – she influenced others to pray along.
I believe, as well, Esther must have been influenced before she influenced others.
You can’t give or command what you don’t have or do. Trained by her uncle Mordecai, who knew and believed in the “Most High” God, Esther learnt the pattern and power of prayers. She knew God’s power remains able to deliver those who wait on Him.
As we continue in our season of wailing, we’ll need to do two things:
- Learn from the pattern of prayers of Biblical (as well as contemporary) women.
- Lead others to pray.
Several women in the Bible sought the face of God and got answers and solutions to their requests.
I outlined seven of them here. Study and pick up lessons from the prayer pattern/points depicted in their lives. Apply it, look out for other women and influence to pray along.
1. Mary the mother of Jesus – Luke 1:28-38: The woman who said “yes’ to God’s purpose for her life.
2. Mary Magdalene – John 20:1-18: The woman who persistently sought Jesus. She was the first person to see Him after His resurrection.
3. Hannah – 1 Samuel 1:1-20: The woman who denied temporary pleasure to cry out to God for the need in her life and family.
4. Eunice – 1 Timothy 1:5: She portrayed, and without doubt, prayed in a godly life into her son, Timothy. Her mum, Lois, can’t be forgotten as well – for passing on the baton of genuine faith in God. These women influenced their family positively.
5. Esther – Esther 4: 13-16: The young woman who interceded for her land. She summoned everyone around her to join in waiting upon God.
6. The woman with the issue of Blood – Luke 8:43-48: The desperate follower of Jesus. Everyone thronged Jesus, but she followed Him with purpose. She needed to grab her healing from Him. Others might touch Him casually, but I’m touching Him purposefully, she said. I won’t be the same.
7. The Syrophenician woman – Matthew 6: 21-28 Mark 7:25-30: The woman of unwavering faith. Nothing could dissuade her from receiving a solution from Jesus.
As you wail to God as these women did, answers are sure to rain from Heaven.