Esther 5:1-3. Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house. So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court that she found favour in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter. And the king said to her, “What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you—up to half the kingdom!” NKJV

When we read the book of Esther, we are told how the children of Judah lived as foreigners in the land of King Xerxes. During that time the king married Queen Esther who was of Jewish descent. One of the king’s royal officials, Haman held a grudge against Mordecai (who was a Jew and Esther's uncle) and he plotted to kill him and the rest of the Jews. The news spread out that the Jewish nation was going to be wiped out. When queen Esther learned about this she asked all the Jews to fast with her so that she could appear before the king and plead for her nation.

It was not easy for Queen Esther to go before the king without being summoned. In fact she risked her very life by doing that as anyone who went to the king without being summoned was put to death unless the king extended the golden scepter to them and spare such a person’s life. Queen Esther was desperate because she had a great need that she wanted to present before the king. Her request was not just a need to satisfy her own self. It was a need for herself together with her family and the Jews. The Bible says that on the third day of the fast, Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace opposite his throne room. 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 golden scepter that was in his hand. So Queen Esther approached and touched the top of the scepter.

The king then asked queen Esther what her request was and promised that he would give her whatever she wanted, up to half of the kingdom. The Bible says that Esther asked for the king’s presence together with Haman at the banquet that she was preparing for them. In Esther 7, we read that the king went to dine with Esther, together with Haman. While dining, the king asked queen Esther again to present her petition, assuring her that whatever she wanted was going to be given to her. Queen Esther responded and requested for her life to be saved, together with the life of her family and nation. Esther’s request was granted and instead, the evil Haman was hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai and the Jewish people.

Blessed reader, through this story of Esther, the Lord is communicating something powerful to you. Since you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you have also accepted the call to the banquet of the Lord (Luke 14:15-24). The Lord has extended a golden scepter to you because He is pleased with you. He wants you to present your request and petitions to Him. It does not matter what they are, the Lord will give them to you. Maybe just like queen Esther, you have requests concerning your family. Your family was sold to the enemy through the covenants made by your forefathers. As a result your family members are dying like flies and those who are not dying have stagnant lives. Today, you are given an opportunity to stand before King Jesus and present your requests to Him.

Just like the king promised to grant queen Esther’s request, the Lord Jesus is giving you a guarantee that whatever you ask for will be done for you (Matthew 7:7). Queen Esther fasted because she needed the favour of the king, for the king was the only one who could guarantee her safety and that of her people. You have also been fasting because you need favour from the Lord, the only One who has the power to change your condition. In the book of Esther, we learn that king Ahasuerus did not turn Esther away or put her to death when he had the option to. He instead extended a golden scepter to her indicating that she was accepted. Even with you brethren, through your faith in Jesus Christ, the golden scepter is extended to you. What you need to do is to touch the scepter with your faith because the Lord has favoured you. You are accepted! Touch the golden scepter believing the Lord for His mercies and grace.

As you touch the scepter in faith, believing the Word of God in your heart, there is a question coming to you saying: what do you wish for? What is it that you would like King Jesus to do for you? Now is the time to present to the Lord the things you wish for, your dreams and all your heart’s cries. For you are favoured by the One who can do all things and bring solutions to everything. The Lord says whatever your request is, it shall be done for you. This is the time where miracles happen, where the impossible becomes possible. Ask for anything, the heavens are open for you. The Lord is ready to dispatch everything that you ask from Him. Ask Him for your family’s deliverance and salvation. Ask Him to intervene in your marriage and in your children’s lives. Ask Him to deliver your sons, brothers and uncles from drug addiction. The golden scepter is extended to you, you are favoured and accepted. Present your request to the Lord, He has already guaranteed that He will answer you and grant your petition.