And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. Luke 18:1
The world Esther lived in was much like our own. It was a world full of immorality and injustice. There are tragic and vile things in the book of Esther. This is the real world we live in too. Also we learn that hostility towards the people of God is nothing new. Evil plots and enemies are described. Yet, the book of Esther teaches us again and again that God providentially watches over His own, even though His sovereign hand might be hidden from view. We live when there are no miracles to look at and so we must live by faith, trusting the Lord to protect and provide for us. In this context, one of the applications for followers of Christ is that we ought to pray to our God.
Matthew Henry had this to say on prayer from the interaction between queen Esther and king Ahasuerus (Esther 5).
“The king encouraged her. Let us from this be encouraged to pray always to our God, and not to faint. Esther came to a proud, imperious man; but we come to the God of love and grace. She was not called, but we are; the Spirit says, Come, and the Bride says, Come. She had a law against her, we have a promise, many a promise, in favour of us; Ask, and it shall be given you. She had no friend to go with her, or to plead for her; on the contrary, he that was then the king’s favourite, was her enemy; but we have an Advocate with the Father, in whom he is well pleased. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace.”
Let us not lose heart in praying but continue to draw near with confidence in Christ to the throne of grace!