God's Scepter

David Gaunt

“Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day.  I and my attendants will fast as you do.  When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law.  And if I perish, I perish.’”  So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther’s instructions.”  "On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall.  The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance.  When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand.  So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.  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 4:15-5:3

As you can see from the above part of the Bible, Queen Esther found herself in a very scary place.  She needed to go into the throne room and talk to the King, but it wasn’t an easy, or even safe, task.  Back in Esther’s day, you couldn’t enter the king’s court without an invitation, even if you were married to him.

To walk into the throne room uninvited was a crime which received the death penalty.  There were skilled and well armed guards near the entrance, ready to kill Esther immediately.  All eyes were on the King and his scepter.  In Esther 4:11, we are told that anyone “who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned by the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives.”

We are told in Hebrews 4:16 that because of Jesus’ work we can: “…approach God’s throne of grace with confidence.”  We don’t have to fear like Esther did when we want to talk to the King of the Universe.  We have total access to Him, any time and any place.  In fact, we are encouraged to go to Him with great confidence, “so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

So the next time you go to God in prayer through the name of Jesus, remember that the King’s scepter is extended to you.  He wants to hear your requests in the throne room of grace.  Don’t waste that privilege by neglecting to pray. Use that incredible opportunity for the benefit of others.

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