In the lives of women, particularly because of physical weakness and illness, they get affected and lose their balance.
Dr. Hannah is a dear sister, who is married and has two children. Recently her husband Mr. Merlyn got a job in Atlanta, in the United States of America. As a family, they shifted there from India. Initially they faced series of problems one after the other and yet they held on to the Lord Jesus as a family because of which they overcame everything through their godly zeal.
The Lord Jesus Christ who said, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33), was their hope and great support.
It was at this time, that Dr. Hannah came to know about the Esther Prayer Ministry that revives the lives of women, and she desired to conduct one. Last year, when I had been to America, I came to know about the genuine way in which women in different cities were conducting prayer through conference call and I also joined them in the prayer ministry. At that time I was amazed to know how reverentially and zealously Dr. Hannah was undertaking the responsibility of conducting the prayer group entrusted to her by God. Pouring out all her strength, she is conducting this divine prayer ministry unceasingly till today, with the fear of God.
On a particular day, Dr. Hannah found it hard to conduct the Esther Prayer ministry since she had severe sore throat; yet she finished conducting the prayer along with other sisters. After it was over, she became weary but within a few hours, the Lord did a mighty deed that made her rejoice...
Here is her miraculous testimony! Read on...
“On April 11th 2019, with severe sore throat I finished conducting the Esther Prayer Group for 2 1⁄2 hours. I was very tired. Suddenly the doubt, ‘Does God really hear all the prayers for the prayer points given in Esther Prayer Group?’ popped up in my mind.
‘Is Jesus really pleased with the prayers offered today in the Esther Prayer Group? Is this prayer really a blessing in someone’s life? Have I labored in vain?’ I got discouraged by these questions and soon I realized that these were the weeds of discouragement and doubt sown by the enemy in my mind. So I prayed that God would strengthen me.
Two hours later, I received a call from a sister who is now in another city in USA. She asked me, “Hannah, did you have Esther Prayer Group prayer today?” I was surprised and asked her how she knew that. Since she is a working woman she has never attended the Esther Prayer Group prayer and she had no clue that I was conducting it.
She said, “Today at around 11:30 am, I received a divine favor”. She was being tortured by her lady boss constantly for no reason. But on that day exactly at 11:30 am in her office she got a very good report from the company, appreciating her for her wonderful work. Hence she was miraculously removed from her position under that lady who was torturing her and she was asked to report directly to another humble and a good manager of higher rank.
I quickly ran to take my EPG April prayer points paper and found the 9th and 10th points were being prayed exactly at the time she had mentioned. I was particularly surprised by looking at the 9th prayer point.
9th Prayer Point
“Let us pray fervently for women who hold high positions and are arrogant; as stated in Daniel 4:35 they should humble themselves in the hand of the Lord and follow His example of humility and be transformed to be like Him.”
I could not believe my own eyes. I felt a great joy filling my heart. That sister also said that when she was praying, God told her that prayers were being offered in the Esther Prayer Group. She also added, “Hannah, God asked me to pray for your throat. You are suffering from pain caused by the enemy and God has said “I will heal my daughter who prays for others with tears”. She prayed a powerful prayer for me and the next day I was totally healed from the pain and irritation of throat that was troubling me so much.
I also praised God for clearing all my doubts and discouragements and showing His great love for me and for making me understand how much it pleases Him, when His children bear one another’s burdens and pray for them.
Through this testimony it became crystal clear that God answers every point that we pray for in the Esther Prayer Group and blesses those who pray with real burden. All the enemy’s wicked arrows are broken at that point by the power of God. Hallelujah!
- Hannah Merlyn
Atlanta, United States of America.
May the Lord fill this dear daughter who is doing the Esther Prayer Ministry with full vigor with power of the Holy Spirit more and more; may He grant her a life of bearing fruit for Him and increase her ministry! May the Lord help many more young prayer warriors to rise up just like this young mother Dr. Hannah who is also encouraging her 7 year old daughter to conduct the Junior Esther Prayer Group and is guiding her beautifully, for the glory of His name!
It becomes necessary in women’s lives to pray that the Lord should enable many to rise up as prayer warriors according to Galatians 6:2, which says, “Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ’.
May the Lord adorn such women, who ‘faithfully’ fulfill this God-given ministry in all reverence, with His Spirit!
The Bible says, ‘A faithful man will abound with blessings’ (Proverbs 28:20). The Bible also says, “the faithful disappear from among the sons of men’ (Psalm 12:1). Accordingly, even in the Esther Prayer ministry, many do not conduct this divine ministry with reverence and are not faithful and are indifferent towards God. How painful this is! In the Bible we read the testimony that David was faithful in his house (I Samuel 22:14). We also read that ‘Moses was faithful in all His house’ (Hebrews 3:5). In Hebrews 3:6 we read about the good testimony of Christ Jesus. The Lord calls the ‘faithful’ women to do the Esther Prayer ministry. So, it is necessary that we, the women commit ourselves whole heartedly for this divine ministry and carry this out faithfully and reverentially before Him. Let us read the testimonies of a few sisters who have been conducting this ministry with a faithful heart from the beginning and how the Lord God has revived their spiritual lives and changed them into good testimonies; and let us also be revived.