The King and I

the king and I

90 Days of Prayer Day Sixty-Five

The King and I

Song of Songs 1:4 
“Take me away with you—let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers.”

In the passage before us the Shulammite is so captivated and deeply in love with the king, she could think of nothing else. Her insatiable love and desire for him brings the cry  “Take me away with you!” She’s talking about her longings to return to the palace with Him, dwelling alone with the king is all she desires. Song of Songs is a beautiful love story between the maiden and the king. This is a perfect picture of the Church and her lover, Christ the King of kings.  

The Song of Songs always reminds me of when I was a child.  I loved  watching the musical “The King and I” Starring  Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. This was a love story about a widow who accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam’s children. In many ways believers are like Anna in this musical. By dwelling in the palace spending time with the king she eventually she falls in love with him.

Like the Shulammite with Solomon, the more time we spend with King Jesus the more we want to be with Him. The power of His love for us draws us nearer and nearer until we desire nothing but Him. Prayer is really an invitation by the king to join Him in His private chambers. He is so captivating that we lose sight of all the opulence that is the palace. His love for us causes us to cry out “Take me away with you!” 

Captivated and Liberated

Intimacy with God is personal, and it takes time alone with Him to develop. No one falls in love with a person they are not familiar with, they must first get to know them. As you spend much time alone with the Lord, your heart and mind come under the influence of His great love for you. His love continually draws you closer and fills you with greater desire to dwell with Him. His Presence becomes home to you.  David was so captivated he wrote; LORD, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells” (Psalm 26:8). 

When you know Christ intimately you will love Him with all your heart, He has this kind of effect on people who spend time with Him.  You’ll find that obeying His word becomes easy because it is now something you long to do for the one who has captured your heart. As you continue to walk with Him in His word, truth continues to be revealed to you. Jesus alluded to this when He said Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32), and  “…if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). The liberty that you come to experience from living with Him like this is sometimes overwhelming.

Trusted and Adored

In this kind of relationship with Christ a great capacity to trust Him and believe what He says is formed within you by the Holy Spirit. When you read the word of God your heart begins to respond in the affirmative to every promise you see. This is how a strong faith in prayer is formed.   Continued exposure to God’s presence develops a hearing heart within you. It is quite natural to believe you will receive what you ask for from the one who you’ve come to adore.

Christ can easily trust those who adore Him with great answers to prayer because they would not be asking for things He is not willing to give. This brings us back to the necessity of knowing Him intimately. When you delight yourself in Him, He places His desires on your heart. When you are really in love with someone you come to share the same desires, and Jesus is really in love with you. “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4 ).

All of this is made possible by the Holy Spirit in your life by drawing nearer to Jesus in prayer. What a powerful influence the Church would have in society if more believers would learn to live a lifestyle of prayer and intimacy with the King. Call on Jesus, take him up on His invitation to be alone with Him, Be captivated by His love for you, Delight yourself in Him, and Be Encouraged! – JSP

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