Our verse of reference in Esther 4 is:
“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16 NIV).
Do we know the mission that God has entrusted us on this earth?
Historical commentary. – The decree of the Medes and Persians could not be revoked, apparently there was no hope and all the Israelites were condemned to die. The works of the devil were defeated by the Power that reigns over the sons of men … The crisis Esther faced demanded quick, earnest action. But both she and Mordecai realized that unless God should work mightily in their behalf, anything would be worth their own efforts. So Esther took time for communion with God, the source of her strength. She said to Mordecai: “Go, gather all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish. “Vers. 16. PR 442.
Occupy our post of duty. – Esther was placed as Queen during King Ahasuerus reigns. Abraham accepted God’s call and went out not knowing where he was going. Noah completed his mission to warn the world from destruction by the flood. Moses agreed to be the leader of the people of Israel and renounced the pleasure of Egypt. Ciro acknowledged the God of Israel and ordered the Jews to return to the promised land. John the Baptist recognized that God enabled him to prepare the way for the Messiah. Have you asked God to show you your mission?
Dependence on God. – Esther asked Mordecai to fast together with the people of Susa. Fasting is not intended to change God or force Him to listen or answer our requests. The reason is to “think less about what you eat and drink as temporary food, and much more about the food from heaven, that will give tone and vitality to the whole religious experience” MM 283.