- Again, Esther demonstrated “the humble request”. This is in spite of the fact that she had God’s backing, a whole nation praying for her, being a queen, and she obviously had the king’s favor shown via the death of her enemy and the exaltation of Mordecai. She didn’t get exactly what she asked for – the revoking of the previous decree – but she got something better. She had the power to make any decree she wanted, like a blank check. Her decree? The right to self defense.