The Thought for the Week this week is written by Rhian Jewell

by Susie Jean Sharkey

'And the king said again to Esther on the second day when the wine was being served, "what is your petition Queen Esther? It shall be granted. And what is your request?"  Esther 7v2

Recently I watched a United Christian Broadcoast video clip about the Cwanbran outpouring and part of the message really lived for me and sparked these thoughts that I am sharing with you.

In our services leading up to our summer camps we had been focusing on 'intercession' and being in the right place at the right time. The story of Esther is an example of both these aspects of Chritsian living. Esther was in the presence of the King and communing with him as they partook of the wine at the private banquet together. She had made time to invite him and to be with him. In that place beside the king he then turned to her and asked her "what is your petition?".

So often when we approach Christ in prayer we come with our petition first. We so often forget first and foremost it's all about communion with the King of Kings. In that place of communion with Him, when we are in His presence, sometimes He will turn His face towards us and enquire of us "what is your petition?". How much more effective would our prayers be if we had this mind within us?

Let us over this autumn season endeavour to be more focused on being in the presence of the King and communing with Him than of our own needs and desires, and then "I being in the way the Lord led me". Genesis 24v27