“Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. And the king gave a great banquet, Esther’s banquet, for all his nobles and officials. He proclaimed a holiday throughout the provinces and distributed gifts with royal liberality” (Est 2:17, 18)
The women fellowship in our church organized a love feast today. This is to celebrate the gift of love in marriage. We fasted and prayed daily in the month of January. We prayed for revival and other needs. The main opposition we had was the evil spirit of seduction and false prophets (we named them Vashti and Haman, as in the story of Esther). We did warfare and gained the victory. We decided to organize a love feast. Each sister brought food or drinks. More than 60 couples came. This is the first time we did such a banquet in our church. As Nigerian men are not too ‘romantic’ with their wives, we take this to be a great breakthrough in their marriages.
The following are some prayer points concerning the banquet:
*By faith we shall organize a love feast called Esther’s banquet.
*Like Esther found favor with king Xerxes, we have found favor with King Jesus and our husbands!
*This banquet is a sign that we have won the victory in the name of Jesus!
*It shall be on Friday evening (so called ‘Valentine’s Day’); 5-7 pm in the church’s sanctuary
*We shall invite our husbands. They shall come and we shall all be happy!
*Dress code traditional (both you and your husband), any color, any tribe
*We shall all contribute to the success of the banquet
*We shall hire tables and chairs… we shall wrap the chairs with ribbons (as they do at receptions)
*We need serviettes, little vases with flowers, little candles and other things to beautify the tables
*Menu shall be complete: rice, fried meat, fried chicken, banga soup, small chops (spring rolls…), cake, fruits, water, can drinks, wine…etc…All food shall be very tasty and well presented, to the glory of God
*We shall not use paper, plastic disposable things on the table. All plates, cutlery and glasses are the ‘real’ ones
*The women whose husbands cannot come on Friday, are free to contribute and attend
*No one shall be sick after the banquet! There shall be no regrets, no quarrels, no bitterness! We forbid it!
*By faith we pray that God will touch our marriages and ‘the water shall be turned into wine’
*We shall trust God for a new beginning in our lives and marriages
*The women shall keep quiet allowing the Holy Spirit to touch our husband to talk to us (PV 31:28-31)
*We trust God for miracles of healing, deliverance, financial and anointing. Our marriages shall be more romantic
*The barren in our midst shall conceive and have children
*The single sisters who trust God that they shall marry in 2014 and volunteer to help at the banquet shall receive ‘a royal virgin daughter’s garment’ as a gift
*We shall all relax and be very happy, grateful to God for the privilege of knowing Jesus as our Savior, for the gift of marriage and children. All to the glory of God!
In Christ we declare:
By the Blood of the Lamb, we are saved!
We are women of God like Sarah, Leah, Esther, Deborah, Ruth, Abigail, Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary of Bethany…We shall fulfill our destiny!
We are free from the spell of any evil spirit! Our enemies are defeated already!
Our marriages and children are blessed! The work of our hands is blessed! Our ministries are blessed!
Father’s House Bible Church is blessed!
To God be all the glory!
In Jesus name