In the Old Testament, there is a book dedicated to Esther, a young Jewish woman. She is chosen to be queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus. In the Persian court, no one can approach the King unless they are summoned. To do so could mean death. To make a long story short, Queen Esther becomes aware of a plan of the King’s viceroy to kill all the Jews. All the Jews were asked to pray and fast for three days, including Esther, after which she would approach the king unannounced. Putting her faith and trust in God, Queen Esther approaches the king and he raises his scepter, meaning the she can approach without punishment. In the end, the viceroy is hanged and the Jewish people are saved.
Quite a story. In the Persian kingdom, a person courted death by approaching the king unsummoned. In God’s kingdom, Queen Esther and the Jewish people approached God in prayer and fasting, and were saved from execution by an evil man. We can approach our Heavenly Father anytime in prayer without fear of death. I heard a great verse that I think is such a great promise. Look at 1 John 5:14 (NIV)
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”:
We can approach God with confidence, knowing that if we ask according to His will, He hears us! According to His will – not our will. So, what is God’s will? God wants us to be healthy, He wants us to be prosperous. God wants good things for His children. Unfortunately, we don’t always know what’s good for us. God won’t answer prayers that are asking for things that will be bad or harmful for us.
Child of God, you can approach your Heavenly Father without fear of being rejected or ignored. He wants us to go to Him in prayer and to talk to Him so that a close relationship can be built. Don’t be afraid of your Lord and Saviour! He loves you and wants to answer your prayers.