2017-04-06 - Access to the King
Esther 5:2-3a When the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, she obtained favor in his sight; and the king extended to Esther the golden scepter which was in his hand. So Esther came near and touched the top of the scepter. 3 then the king said to her, “What is troubling you, Queen Esther? And what is your request?
Esther was chosen from hundreds of beautiful and talented women to be the Queen to King Ahasuerus of the Persian Empire. She had "found favor" with the King. But there were rules that applied to everyone, including the wife of the King. One of which was to enter the King's court unasked could be punished by death.
Pulling this a little out of context is a thought.
Esther asked her hand maidens and all of the Jewish people in the empire to pray and fast for three days for Esther's protection and favor to be granted to her as she would approach Ahasuerus' throne.
As we see in the verse above the King's heart was warmed to his bride and she was allowed to enter the court. His response was very gentle and generous ending ending with the question, "And what is your request?" It is possible that he had been so busy with the affairs of the nation that he had not seen Esther for a period of time.
Contrast this with entering the Court of the New Jerusalem.
We enter without fear of punishment at any time, day or night. In the passages where we are given a lesson in prayer (Matt 6:9-13) there is a offering of praise and recognition of God's authority. But it goes into our requests not unlike Ahasuerus' query of Esther. The historical Court is a type of the Court we enter in prayer now. One day we will physically enter that Court in the New Jerusalem with those who have left this mortal life to sing praise and worship the Lord.
Imagine entering that room and meeting with the Lord of all creation with your prayers. All the time knowing His favor has already been granted to you from the moment you accepted His offer of salvation.
Lord Jesus - We praise You for your great kindness to us, and thank You for Your grace and mercy toward Your children. Help us see the blessings that have been poured on us in being able to come to You in times of sorrow, joy or fear and know that our requests will be heard. They may not always be granted but the answer is with our best interests at heart. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.