In years gone by, during the days when kings reigned and had absolute power, those around them would physically bow while behind the scenes they were socially bending and contorting to try to obtain the closest position to the king. All that power, all that strength and sovereignty sitting on the throne. Having the ear of the king was usually based on which family a person was born into or knowing people of status. Many years of strategic conniving and positioning often occurred just to have the chance of the king listening to one’s desires or thoughts.
Some think the same is true of our God. Our Jesus, the King of Kings. Throughout the decades, people have tried to work their way into an audience with the King. We’ve been told by religion that we must clean up, present, and perform before God will hear our prayers or move on our behalf. I’ve heard of people asking others to go to the King for them with their requests.
Today I want to remind us and rejoice in the fact that we have the ear of the King. It’s not because of what we have done but because of what He has done. As Jesus walked the dusty streets of Jerusalem and engaged with desperate people wanting Him to listen to their pleas, He was more than willing to hear their requests and touch their lives right then and there. Time and time again, those who had the King’s ear and attention were the ones who had nothing to offer and were even the outcasts of society. The disciples wanted to shoo away the little children, but that is exactly who the King wanted around Him. As the prostitutes, tax collectors, and men with leprosy pushed in closer to the King, they were welcomed into His presence of power . . . healing and loving power (Mark 2:17).
We serve a risen King who is all-knowing and all-powerful, and He invites us daily to come and be with Him. He invites us to tell Him our secrets, and in turn He tells us His plans and thoughts as we read His word and spend time in prayer.
What a wonderful way to live out this life on earth, intimately connected to the King of Kings. What do you want to tell Him today? He is listening.
1 John 5:14 ─ This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
Jeremiah 33:3 ─ Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.
Jeremiah 29:12 ─ Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.