Why? Because she could not defeat her enemies by herself. She had to come to Him in dependence. Further, she could not simply reach out in pride and arrogance and take what she wanted from her king. She had to come to Him in humility.
We have the ear of the King at this time, but we cannot reach out to take hold of what is ours in Him, by our own hand. We must prepare a place for Him, prepare a banquet for the two of us to come together in love and intimacy – even in the midst of our crisis.
Our enemies come as an impetus, as a catalyst that makes us desperate to draw near and receive from the hand of our lover and King!
But we cannot receive what He so much wants to give to us by reaching out for it and taking it for ourselves. We must prepare a banquet for our King, a sacrifice of heart, a drawing near to Him in dependence and humility. We must draw near in love and not manipulation or with a demand.
We can set a banquet for our King in our worship, and by lifting Him up in praise and gratitude. He is worthy of our praise.
We can conduct and maintain a banquet for our King by giving Him of our time. Esther didn’t make just one banquet for the king. We must spend time in His presence for His presence to become real to us. Spending time with Him is also the only way we will be formed into His likeness. He is worthy of our time.
We can complete that banquet of love by making an offering of our simple obedience to Him. Starting with obedience in the small things. Show your heart’s devotion by practicing obedience to what He is saying to you right now. Just love Him in simple obedience. He is worthy of our obedience.
Once we have prepared this kind of banquet for the one we love He will be eager to grant us what we need, what we want, in fact everything necessary for life and godliness.