Royal Robes

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Esther 5: 1-3

Now it came about on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace in front of the king’s rooms, and the king was sitting on his royal throne in the throne room, opposite the entrance to the palace. When the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, she obtained favor in his sight; and the king extended to Esther the golden scepter which was in his hand. So Esther came near and touched the top of the scepter. Then the king said to her, “What is troubling you, Queen Esther? And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be given to you.”

Esther was fully aware that the law and protocol of the day in Persia decreed that anyone who went before the King without invitation would be sentenced to death, unless the King extended his scepter and offered favor.

However, Esther is recorded doing one thing right before she went to the king and that was to put on her “royal robes”. It is no surprise that the king was pleased to see his beautiful queen, the one whom he chose dressed in her royal garb. He extended her favor so she could draw near to his throne, then asked what was troubling her and offered the kingdom’s resources for the solution.

When we go to the King of Kings throne room in prayer, we are going before a Holy and Just God. The law of Moses demands perfection for us to enter His presence. However when we receive Jesus and His gift of Righteousness, we put on “royal robes”. His righteousness for our failure, His strength for our weakness, His well-being for our sorrow, and His health for our sickness.

So then with “royal robes” we can confidently go to the throne room of God in prayer at any moment at any time of day or night and cast our cares upon Him and know He will provide comfort, wisdom, and resources to meet the need far and above what we could hope, imagine or dream.

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