7:1 So the king and Haman went to dine [Esther used a banquet as the setting in which to tell the king of Haman’s plan to destroy her people] with Queen Esther,
7:2 and as they were drinking wine on that second day, the king again asked, “Queen Esther, what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom [an indication of how much the king loved Esther], it will be granted.”
7:3 Then Queen Esther answered [Esther did not hesitate any longer but seized the moment], “If I have found favor with you, O king, and if it pleases your majesty, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request [Esther explained to the king that Haman had targeted her people for annihilation].
Note: Paul wrote of redeeming the time (Gr. “kairos”) in Ephesians 5:16. The Greeks had two words for time. Chronos refers to ongoing time (clock and calendar kind of time). Kairos refers to seizing opportunities or special moments.