“In every province there was GREAT MOURNING among the Jews. . .MANY lay in sackcloth and ashes.” (Esther 4:3) It is both painful and necessary for us to become desperate. Complacent people don’t make spiritual progress. God would rather us be cold than luke-warm. Cold hearts at least realize the spiritual distance/danger. Stripping away the support systems of life and exposing us to danger it is an act of God’s grace. Whether as a nation or a church or a family or an individual, the first step toward progress is to realize the seriousness of our situation. Desperate people cry out to God! “I waited patiently on the Lord and He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the mire and the mud. . .and put a new song in my mouth” (Psalm 40:1-4) Dear friend, are you desperate today? Do you allow yourself to feel/know the danger that is near? It is the first step toward deliverance.