This evening Jews around the world begin the celebration of Purim, an annual observance of Jewish national deliverance in ancient Persia. 

Celebrations include reading from the book of Esther, commonly known as the Megilah. Children especially love the Esther reading when it is customary to hiss, boo, stamp feet and rattle noisemakers, called gragers, with each mention of the name Haman, symbolically blotting out the wicked man who sought Jewish genocide. 

Today many experience religious persecution as victims of those determined to destroy them, often for personal gain or agenda. It is a desperate time for those victimized by Satan, the accuser.

For you, your family and all those the Lord has called you to pray for, I declare with you this set-apart time of deliverance from every entrapment. Blot out Haman!  

Amen.

Book of Esther | Esther’s Fast | Purim