“What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you — up to half the kingdom!” Esther 5:3
Do you want nothing, O my fellow-mortal? Have you nothing to ask? “Yes,” you reply, “I need an infinite supply.” Well, then, draw near to your gracious King and Bridegroom without fear. Lo! He holds out His golden scepter to you, saying, “Only ask; not the half — but the whole of My kingdom shall be granted; nay, I will give Myself unto you.” Disclose to Him, therefore, your whole heart, mentioning all your wants and grievances. Whatever is poured out before Him is lodged in its proper place. He takes the burden from you and encourages you to hope for seasonable and full relief.
If you have already experienced His loving-kindness, your faith will rest upon Him so much the more firmly. Be it yours to persevere in fervent supplications. We may be tempted to suppose that His bounty and compassion fall short of our necessities and afflictions. But in truth, He is far more in earnest as a benefactor than we are as petitioners. Or, to speak more explicitly, it is He that excites, as well as promises to fulfill, all our desires. Ask of Him, therefore, all you need, and ask in faith.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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