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DAY 18 – A Plague Has Broken Out

Mar 18, 2020

 NOW ESTHER 
 

A plague has broken out all over the earth. It’s called the Coronavirus. It is threatening to kill tens of thousands across the world and is shutting down global economies. Terror and panic have seized the nations. Something is going on here that is beyond the virus itself. It seems like a demonic force is fueling the rapid spread of the virus and the excessive hysteria it is creating. Amazingly, I believe that 2020 has been marked by the Holy Spirit as the year of stadium Christianity and explosive advance of the Kingdom. In America alone, I believe, 20 stadiums are being prepared for prayer and evangelistic breakthroughs. Satan has risen up in rage to halt this mighty advance. 

Oftentimes God is riding in the storm, but so is the Devil. Obviously the Sovereign God rules over the affairs of men. He says that He will shake everything that can be shaken in Hebrews 12:26. Plagues in the Bible were used to bring Israel to repentance. It is clear that King David was brought to repentance through a plague in 2 Samuel 24. It is our conviction that the sins of the Church also give an open door to the enemy to wreak havoc. This plague presents a clarion call and opportunity for all to return to God, repent, and seek mercy from the Lord of heaven. God will use this to judge the gods of our hearts and of this world.

However, we have been seeking God earnestly on this 40-day fast on how to respond to this plague within this “now moment”. David inquired of the Lord on two separate occasions if he was to go to war. The wisdom was different for both situations. We believe there is always a hidden wisdom that must be sought out in every current circumstance. It has become our conviction that this storm has been stirred up by a high-level demonic principality to hinder the surge of the Church’s mighty assault of fasting, prayer, sending, and missions on the global gates of Hades. It is our conviction that when Jesus and His disciples were going over the Sea of Galilee to deliver the Gerasene demoniac in Mark 4, a demonic storm was stirred up to stop Jesus’ mission. A panic took hold of the disciples when Jesus expected them to take their authority with mighty faith and rebuke that storm! Jesus said to His disciples, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith” (Mark 4:40)? Then He spoke to the storm, “Peace! Be still!” and the storm obeyed. 

Therefore, in the midst of this 40-day fast, we are calling an urgent and special three-day Global Esther Fast, as when the wicked prince Haman released a genocidal plot to destroy all the Jews. 

And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” – Esther 4:13-14

Faced with a life and death situation, Esther told them: “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” – Esther 4:16

Brothers and sisters, those around the world fasting and praying, we are faced with a life and death situation with this Coronavirus. A casual approach to this worldwide crisis and this prophetic call to fasting could multiply needless casualties. Who could have guessed that the timing of this 40-day fast would be synchronized with the timing of the Coronavirus? I believe God saw it coming and raised up a fasting prayer movement to call for repentance and then stand against it. 

    For several days, five of us had been holed up in a house, fasting on water, and seeking God concerning this virus. We had been inquiring of the Lord if we were to call a global three-day fast of humility and then rebuke this virus. We didn’t want it to just be a good idea; we wanted to know if it was God. That very morning, a great evangelist from Europe, Jean-Luc Trachsel, texted me and said, “Lou, don’t miss this moment. Call a three-day fast across the world and rebuke this Coronavirus!” At that moment I knew it was the word of the Lord. I sat down with my team and began to prepare to write up this call to action that you are reading now. Just before taking up the pen, Andy Byrd, one of the leaders of The Send, texted me and said, “Lou, would you call a fast in the midst of this 40-day fast and call the Church to stand against and rebuke this Coronavirus? It is threatening the global advance of evangelism and missions and is determined to stop stadium Christianity. The Send Kansas City must not be stopped! Other great gatherings must not be stopped!” At that moment, with two or three witnesses, it was confirmed again that this was the word of the Lord. We must take our place at the right hand of the Majesty on High and rule in the midst of our enemies!

Therefore, we are calling the global Church during this three-day Esther Fast to humble themselves, confess their sins and the sins of their nations (Joel 2), and cry out to God for mercy. And then, on the third day, as when Esther went before the king, let us gather together in with our prayer partners, or online, and stand as the Ekklesia before the King of Glory! Let us stretch out His rod of authority out of Zion and rebuke the Coronavirus in united corporate agreement, believing in faith that the storm will abate, stadiums will be filled, and 2020 will go down as the year of the historic advance of evangelism and missions worldwide!

 Esther Fast  

Some will go three days on no food and no water. Desperate times demand desperate measures. Others will have faith to do different fasts. We are encouraging all on this 40-day fast to consider intensifying their fasts with greater focus for these three days. May those who are following this devotional but are not fasting enter with us now in the fast. Who knows? For such a time as this we’ve been brought into the Kingdom.

80 Comments

  1. MARYLOU GALAN

    Are we having a guide for ech day to pray?

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    • Esteban Gecchelin

      YES!

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      • Lisa Hilgeneck

        Standing with you! Humbling myself before the King of Kings. Asking forgiveness for my sins and the sins of this world. Asking God to move and come in with a Mighty move of His Spirit like this earth has never seen before! Our eyes are on You God! Let us not miss a thing. Let us stay attentive to You. I bear witness with you when you said, “ It has become our conviction that the storm has been stirred up by a high-level demonic principality to hinder the church’s mighty assault of fasting, prayer, sending and missions…“ Earlier this week I kept seeing a picture of a large dragon angrily raising his head and knew it represented the enemy. At the same time I knew in my spirit that the enemy had already been crushed under our feet and the victory had already been won at the cross. Psalm 91:13 “ You shall tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shall you trample under feet.”
        This is spiritual warfare like I have never seen in my lifetime. God has already won the victory, let’s cry out together for what has already been won! Thank you for calling this fast, and for leading. We are behind you!

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        • Kiki

          Amen we are united in prayer

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      • Ky

        When does it start so I can prepare?

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        • Ayisha Freeman

          Has anyone answered this? When does it start?

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          • Esteban Gecchelin

            Yesterday! 🙂

    • Maria Peters

      AMEN! Mercy our great and awesome God! Forgive us out sins! You delight in showing mercy, thank You! I love and honor You!

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      • Bec

        Yes all in from Australia

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        • Cynthia Lindley Behr

          I first read this at midnight 3.20.20. I’m declaring this 3 day fast in unison w/ you in memory of my mom who’s birthday is today. She went to be with the Lord on 6.9.19 due to sepsis and kidney failure. I stand with you against this enemy! The violent take it by force!!!!

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    • MARYLOU GALAN

      Yes Lou I join in 3 day fasting and praying. Thank you for the combocation.

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    • Flordeliza

      Blessings to your Team! Please include me to this prayer fasting

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    • Melisa

      Hola se puede hacer el ayuno de Esther comenzando mañana 20? Es que recien me entero de esta pagina

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      • Esteban Gecchelin

        SI!

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    • Dora Smith

      Doing the full 3 day fast!

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  2. Cecilia van der Grient

    John 17:21 unity

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    • Jay

      Yes. All in!
      March 18, 19, 20.

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  3. Johnny Bowling

    Count me in!

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  4. Adamante Wiid

    We stand , fast and pray with all from Nelspruit South Africa .
    May God have mercy on us all !

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  5. Betty

    I’m in, contending.

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  6. Patricia Olvera

    Thank you!

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  7. Ruth

    Yes I will nd share this msg

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  8. Karen Gibson

    Amen!

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  9. Renato Corro

    For such a time like this

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    • Xochitl Canada

      Count me in!

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  10. Linda

    I want to join this fast

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    • K

      Count me in

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  11. Hannah

    pray that the LORD release the anointing of FASTING.

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  12. Kirstin

    Thank you for your leadership. Joining you from NZ

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  13. Cecile

    Thank you for who you are and what you do! 😊 Abundant blessings on you and your great team!

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  14. Sacha Ross

    2 Chronicles 7:14 New International Version (NIV)
    14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

    I believe repentance is key. Mike Pence quoted this scripture in their first round of elections.

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  15. Melissa

    I will stand against the evil and stand up as gods army gods soilder gods nazarite. Jesus plead your blood over my sin and the sins of this nation.

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  16. Edthrt

    I will be praying and fasting

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  17. Esther

    I will be praying and fasting

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  18. Sarah Stone

    I’m doing this fast in the mighty name of Jesus I rebuke the Coronavirus it command it back to the pit of hell and I ask our Lord Jesus Christ to strengthen the church in these days ! Comfort the world lord give your peace that’s surpasses all understanding in Jesus name Amen 🙏

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  19. Suzanne Weathers

    Amen. I agree. Desperate times call for desperate measures. This virus has GOT to go now at the power and authority of Jesus Name!

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  20. Lyn

    I arise with you all to engage in battle and rebuke the corona virus; the adversary. We destroy its influence all around the world. We bleed the Blood Jesus upon the land.

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  21. Marilyn Martin

    Today I will fast with no food but liquids against this Coronavirus in Jesus name!!! It had to die in Jesus name

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  22. Dumas Brigitte

    Hello from French Riviera ; a worldwide call , the bride of Jesus. Is getting ready and taking her call in this earth !

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  23. Sally

    Thank you and God bless you for this

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  24. Hanna Ekman

    I am joining you för these 3 days!

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  25. Lois

    Thank you for your obedience to the Lord bless you

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  26. Linda Kristjansson

    My Bible Study group and I are going to participate from Canada.

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  27. Jen

    On day three would you consider doing a Facebook live for those of us that don’t have a community or know of others doing the three day fast?

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  28. Claudia Smith

    Thanks for revelation to call for fasting and praying .

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  29. June Conolly

    What dates are the 3 day fast

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    • Esteban Gecchelin

      Now!

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    • Noah Ramos

      March 18-20th is the call for the Esther Fast.

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  30. Gene Burgess

    Amen, I will stand with you and fast food the next three days

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  31. Jessica Rock

    Entering into the fast today from KY. Rending my heart before the Lord, repenting and crying out for mercy. Pour out Your spirit on all flesh Lord, and make Your love known to the nations!

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    • Lisa Hilgeneck

      Yes!

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  32. Debra Jacobs

    Yes, I am going to fast solid food and TV and press into God – to seek His face=repent and pray in the spirit- thank you God for giving us the grace to follow through and bring many of the Body of Christ into humbling ourselves, repenting and waging war with YOU, Jesus- our Great High Priest against the enemy’s attack! God is faithful and is hearing our prayers! amen

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  33. Diana

    Amen – praying and fasting along with you.

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  34. Hans-Michael Kann

    Ich bin dabei!

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  35. Gabriela Rosenthal

    I want to fast and pray with you!

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  36. Jo

    Amen! praying fasting and standing with you!
    Priddis Alberta

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  37. Jerome Lucas

    We are the body of Christ we need to be like minded on agreeing with the fast

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  38. Jim

    Heaven come to unravel the Covid-19 DNA rendering it null & void so that the world may see the power of prayer at work falling on their faces in awe of Your Goodness and receiving Christ as their King!

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  39. Lisa Stoneback

    I am starting to fast today. Thank you for your heart and obedience to lead what you know God has called the church to do. Shalom

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  40. STEPHANIE

    This will be my very first 3 day fast of liquids only. Before I heard about your fast 3 days ago at about 630am this thought came across my mind as I was doing my eyebrows fast like Esther , then fast forward to yesterday a friend sent me your IG post about the esther fast.

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  41. Ina Ford

    Standing with you on this 3 Day Ester Fast.

    Declaring and decreeing that we will see a mighty move of God!!

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  42. Kathy Vincek

    Yes and amen!! So many of these same scriptures have come to mind lately. As an intercessor having believed for this great outpouring for over 24 years, I am thrilled to see how God is uniting His people for His glory!!! Thank you!

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  43. Kabui Macharia

    Joining this great army

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  44. Ronelda

    Yes! Confirmation! Over a month ago
    I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Get ready like Esther.” A few of us women decided to get together and focus on this very thing and we planned a study on Esther that was to begin on April 3rd, 2020. This message has been passed to them as confirmation.

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  45. Kiera Price

    Amen

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  46. Sharlene

    I am in from Kingston, Jamaica.

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  47. Maarit

    I am joining the fast from Sweden!

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  48. Dana Miklos

    I’m in!

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  49. KayAnn

    The gangs all here in PA

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  50. Kathy

    Yes Lord, I come and humble myself to sit at your feet for the Nations 🙏🏼🙌👑

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  51. Lynn Wolch

    I stand in agreement with my brothers and sisters in Christ. I humble myself and ask the Lord to forgive me, my nation, and our world of our sin. May the God of peace end the assignment of evil on our world and bring about Global awakening and revival.

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  52. Lynn Wolch

    I am adding this to the end of the first sentence on my previous post. I agree with my brother’s and sister’s regarding the global call for an Esther fast to stop the plans of the enemy.

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  53. Karen

    Yes! Joining in!

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  54. Johnita

    Yes I am in agreement with fasting and praying Amen

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  55. Shauna

    Fasting along side my Christian brothers and sisters, as we are soldiers in Christ!

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  56. Darlene Hiemer

    Just learned of the 3 day fast so I will jump on board tomorrow the 19th. I pray healing for our land and country. I know this is an spiritual attack , but a good time to draw closer to Jesus and to love and witness to all .

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  57. Grace Mnyama

    joining and praying from England UK

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  58. Peter sky

    There are no coincidences….thanks to scientist v longo study that shows THAT U CAN REBOOT THE WHOLE OF YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM with a 3 day water fast. B +T cells which fight infections & pathogens go into the bone marrow..feed & come out SUPERCHARGED https://youtu.be/SF1fXovh9Js watch first 5 min of dr Mindy

    Also we all know positive thinking works but so dose negative, panicking & fearful emotions. There’s is a study from the UK that shows when people r in a state of stress or fear they had less lymphocytes & less T helper cells which fight viruses…in this respect the press is the enemy of the people. ….keep safe. Peter

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