Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.”
Esther 5:3 NIV
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One of the most courageous people in the Bible is good Queen Esther. In the culture in which she lived, even the wife of the ruler put her life in jeopardy when she entered into her husband’s presence – if he didn’t point his sceptre of recognition at her, she was in peril. The story of Queen Esther is that of saving her people Israel from genocide – some things never change. With great courage, she enters into the presence of her husband and asks if she can make a request. In Esther 5:3 we read: “Then the king asked, ‘What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.’” This is a beautiful picture of our relationship with our Creator. Jesus is our sceptre of recognition. We have no fear in entering into God’s presence and he invites us to bring our requests before Him. We do so through prayer. God is waiting to hear from you. You can enter freely into His presence at any time and bring your requests to Him. Take time today to do so – He will listen, and He will respond.
These have been words from the heart.