My nephew was working in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. Along with his colleagues, he was erecting the marquees needed for one of Her Majesty’s celebrated garden parties. As they worked, they became aware of two figures watching them with interest - H.M. The Queen and H.R.H. The Duchess of Cambridge! A memorable moment! I have two friends who each received an invitation to one of these occasions, in honour of work they have accomplished. For my nephew and my friends, these were unforgettable times.
Israel had an unforgettable encounter with their King when they moved from the incredible Tabernacle of wilderness days to the fabulous Temple built by King Solomon. The final act was to place the Ark of the Covenant beneath the wings of the cherubim in the Holy Place. “When the priests came out of the Holy Place, a thick cloud filled the Temple of [Yahweh]. The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of [Yahweh] filled the Temple…” [1 Kings 8:10-11, New Living Translation]. A Royal audience second to none!
The Bible records many times when Yahweh appeared to humans, sometimes it’s terrifyingly dramatic [Exodus 19:18-20], sometimes it’s as a Friend [Genesis 18:17, Amplified Bible]. Incredibly, this great Creator and divine Architect of the universe has made Himself available to ordinary folk through the sacrifice of His beloved Yahshua. “What higher privilege is granted to mankind on earth,” writes A.W. Tozer, “than to be admitted into the circle of the friends of [Yahweh]!” We communicate with Yahweh through prayer and, when we do so, we are stepping into an audience with our Father, who just happens to be an Exalted Being beyond the scope of our comprehension. Do I treat those times with the respect they deserve?
Charles Spurgeon wrote that “The first thing the soul desires in prayer is an audience with [Yahweh].” We long to know that we are being heard, to feel we have made a connection. We come to Him as sons and daughters, as friends, and we cherish that relationship dearly, but let us never forget Who He is and that, through prayer, we are being granted an incomparable Royal Audience.