And as they were drinking wine on the second day, the king again asked, “Queen Esther, what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.” Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request. For I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, killed and annihilated. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king.
— Esther 7:2-4

Speak up and invite others into what God has laid on your heart.

In this story, Esther is walking in bravery, trusting that the Father is on her side. During this time it could come across as disrespectful for the Queen to make a request like this to the King - and at first she was reluctant to fight for her people out of fear of what might happen to her. However, from the wisdom of Mordecai, she chose to not only be patient with God's timing but also she walked in His favor by putting her full trust in the Father. The King in this story was ready to give Esther half of his kingdom immediately by the grace of God, but Esther waited till the timing was right before approaching her King about saving the Jews. This gave God the space to refine Esther's trust and humility, while also speaking to the King one night about how Mordecai once saved his life.  

It's easy to fall into the trap of either being afraid to step into what God has for you, or rushing into something that God has already carefully planned out for you. Whether you fall into one category, the other, or a little bit of both, the key is to walk in humility and in trust of God's plans for you. Humility isn't thinking less of yourself, but shifting your focus on Him instead. Esther didn't walk in pity or belittle herself because she was a Jew. She still remained confident in her place as a Queen. However, rather than being prideful about that position that God had placed her in, her focus was shifted from "What could I gain? What could happen to me?" to "How could God use me for my people?"  

God is preparing you to be used for His kingdom.

This isn't something you have to be afraid of. This isn't something you have to rush. God is speaking to you. He is stirring up callings and placing passions on your heart. Though no matter where you are with Him, He wants to remind you that He is always worth pursuing. If you aren't actively seeking intimacy with the Father and if you aren't making your relationship with Him a priority, than your mind will be so wrapped up in yourself that you'll miss the simple truth of what God is trying to speak to you. You can't mess up your purpose. You can't do anything more to earn a right standing with Him. Trusting God is for your good; and He believes in you enough to place good things in your hands. 

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God, give me the courage to speak up and ask for the things that you have laid on my heart. Believing that you're a promise keeper and exactly who you say you are, I trust you in your love and provision. Allow me to fully step into what you have called me to do, when you have called me to do it.