OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. MONDAY 11 MAY 2015. THEME : PRESS INTO YOUR DAY OF FAVOUR.

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MEMORISE : For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou
compass him as with a shield. PSALM 5 : 12.

READ : ESTHER 5 : 1 – 3.
1 NOW it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel,
and stood in the inner court of the king’s house, over against the king’s
house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against
the gate of the house.
2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court,
that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the
golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top
of the sceptre.
3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy
request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 SAMUEL 17 : 1 – 54 AND MARK 6 : 53 – 7 : 13.

Queen Esther is one person who pressed into her day of favour. Her experience
should serve as template for us all. She obtained favour in the sight of the king
because it was the day of her favour. Be aware that the law of the land during
this period was that nobody could go into the king’s inner court uninvited.
Disobeying this law was equivalent to a suicide mission. But Esther went to the
king in his inner court uninvited, and she lived because of favour.
The first lesson to take note of from our template is that Queen Esther did not
go to the inner court of the king’s house until after three days of fasting and
prayers were over.
Secondly, she went into the inner court in her royal apparel, not in kitchen
aprons. What does this suggest to us? It shows us that righteousness must be
the garment of any person who desires God’s favour, just as stated in our
memory verse.
The third lesson to note is that the Queen was found standing in the court. Are
you still in good standing with God, or have you for one reason or the other
backslidden? To be favoured of men, you must be in good standing with God.
Carefully consider the location of the king on the day of Esther’s favour. This
is the fourth lesson to note. Esther 5 : 1 says that :
‘…and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the
gate of the house.’

Is the King of kings on the throne of your life?
Do not expect the day of His favour to come if He is not. Note that the king
sat against the gate of the house, overseeing everything.
What will God find in you when He looks towards your direction today? Will He
find filthy garments of sin or royal garments of righteousness? Imagine
Esther in a kind of attire that was unbecoming, the story would have been
different. A lot of people go to the sanctuary of the King of kings half-naked
in the name of fashion. This they do in contrary to the Lord’s directive in
Exodus 20 : 26: ‘ Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy
nakedness be not discovered thereon.’
The key message here is that your nakedness must not be seen by other
woshippers,thereby distracting them. The Almighty God is at the gate of your
heart knocking ( Revelation 3 : 20 ). Will you open for Him to come in and show
you His favour today? You have agonised enough; surrender your life to the
One who can grant you favour today. I prophesy to your life that today is your
day of favour in Jesus’ Name.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, let all men and all things work together for my favour today in Jesus’
Name.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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