The protocol was clear. No one approached the king while on his throne except by invitation. To approach uninvited was a certain death sentence. Yet there she stood, ready to enter that throne room. Her need to see the king was urgent. The lives of her people were at stake. A decree for their slaughter had been set. Their only hope was for Esther to gain a reprieve from the king.
No doubt over the last few days, she had recounted how God’s divine hand had been upon her life. Among hundreds, she had been chosen to be King Ahazareas’ queen. Yet even as queen, she knew she had no right to enter the throne room on her own initiative. Death was the law. Fear must have rocked her in those still hours of the night. Her only hope was that God would put it upon the king’s heart to exercise the one small loophole of the law:
If the king extended his scepter, then the death sentence would be lifted.
She would have access to the king; he would hear her request.
With deliberate steps that belied her trembling heart, Esther entered the king’s room. Would he extend his scepter or would he withhold it, indignant that she dared to be so bold as to enter his throne room uninvited? What relief coursed through her when the king extended his scepter and responded favorably to her request.
It was with fear that she entered his throne room.
It was with fear that she made her request.
How different it is for us. For our King, who sits on an eternal throne, welcomes us into His Presence. Because of the Cross, His great grace allows us to go boldly before Him with our requests. In fact, our King encourages us to ask anything in His Name.
Without fear we can ask and it shall be given.
Without fear we can seek and we shall find.
Without fear we can knock and the door will be opened.
He will not reject us or turn us away. His scepter is always extended. We just need to enter His throne room. We just need to be intentional about making personal and intimate times of prayer and praise a part of our daily lives.
The access has been provided. We just need to embrace it.