On Praying to a King

The king’s answer meant life or death so Esther didn’t charge into his presence with her request. Instead, she approached Ahasuerus wearing royal robes, undergirded by the fasting prayers of her people, and invited him to a banquet.  After two nights of feasting the king asked Esther what she wanted. She said, “If it please the king, let my life be granted” (from Esther 5-7).

Esther’s example shows how to make requests of God, our King.  We can . . .

~Fast with others (see Acts 13:3)
~Be patient (Romans 12:12)
~Remember we are clothed in garments of salvation, covered with robes of righteousness (see Isaiah 61:10)
~Feast on His Word (see Song of Solomon 2:4)
~Consider if our request pleases Him (see 1 John 5:14)



A Reason for Gratitude

“All God’s acts are done in perfect wisdom, first for His own glory, and then for the highest good of the greatest number for the longest time.”*

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High (Psalm 92:1).

*A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, God’s Pursuit of Man, Three Spiritual Classics in One Volume, p. 108.

How to pray when you’ve been unfaithful

God’s people had been unfaithful.  The king commanded them to cleanse the temple. Then they made sin offerings. After that they brought thank offerings and sacrifices to God (read the story in 2 Chronicles 29).

Follow their example if you have been unfaithful. Stop your sinning, make restitution, be thankful for God’s forgiveness and present your bodies a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1).