Pocket Sized Thoughts – Esther – Part 6

Esther 5:1-14 “The king held out to Esther the golden sceptre” (v.2)

Upon a set day, but not the day he was anticipating, Haman is invited to the palace to have a banquet with the king. This was in response to Esther’s bravery in boldly approaching the throne. She had not been called into the king’s presence for many days but the sceptre of mercy and acceptance was extended out to her. It is a wonderful picture of coming boldly in prayer before Jesus, the King of kings (see Hebrews 4:16). Esther had a law against her; if she came unannounced and the sceptre was not held out to her, she would die. We have no law, but rather a promise that invites us. Esther had no friend and came alone; we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1 John 2:1). Amazingly, and in mercy, we can come to Him with our requests. Haman was ecstatic at being invited and in his pride, boasted of all his achievements and out of spite made a gallows to hang Mordecai upon. But pride comes before a fall (Proverbs 16:18) and had he known he had only one more day to live, he would have had a very different attitude. Things were about to take a very strange and totally unexpected twist. It is amazing what happens when God’s people begin to pray.

PRAYER :- “Lord, thank you that we can come boldly to Your throne of grace and ask anything according to Your will.”