“Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord , and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.” Psalm 24:3-6
To ascend into the hill of the Lord is one thing yet to stand in his holy place is the other.
The story of Esther will help us understand this. She had all the privilege to do with the royal house; she was queen, and had the crown and had all the favours. But the inner court was one place she couldn’t come to, the king had to call her. She said to Mordecai, “All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.” Esther 4:11
When it comes to prayer it is here where many believers stumble a lot. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Listen to this, “And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.” Esther 2:17
When it’s an issue of you coming to the throne of grace, do it so you may obtain, mercy and grace. Yes, you’ve entered the inner court, I have no doubt in this because Jesus Christ has enabled you. You’ve approached the throne of grace but the question is, has the king held out to you the golden sceptre? If he hasn’t, “there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live.”
If God has okayed it, then why does it feel so wrong? The thing is, to ascend into the hill of the Lord is one thing but to stand in his holy place is other.
“Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.” Psalm 24:3-6
We have an advocate with the Father, lest you be worried, Jesus Christ the righteous!
Apostle John said, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” 1 John 2:1-5
“Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer ,  Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.  So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.” Esther 4:15-17
After they had prayed Esther went in with boldness to see the king, “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. 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. And Esther answered…” Esther 5:2-4.
See how these events developed; she went in for to see the king, he saw her and she obtained favour, and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand, Esther drew near, (to the throne) and touched the top of the sceptre, then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? And she petitioned – Hallelujah!
If God has permitted, then you have the right to claim the promise. It’s not that God has a short memory, but it’s you who need to remember that God lives inside of His own Word; and if you take delight in what He has for you, you’ve to learn to live inside those same boundaries.
God wants us to remind Him through prayer of His promise to us. “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men…For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.” 1 Timothy 2:1,3