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12/04/2022 03:00 - 13/04/2022 02:00

"There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.." - Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV).

There was once a child who was given a prized ball at Christmas. He loved his ball dearly that all he did was to hide it in a safe corner under his bed. When he would go out to play his friends would ask for the ball. He would wave them off that his parents had locked it up, though he had it. The boy feared letting go the ball for it would be soiled with dirt, wear out and perhaps burst. It lay untouched.

One day he decided to check on his ball. What does he find! Rats had been slowly chewing on it- that it had all shriveled up and quite useless. The boy regretted that if he had only let the ball go much earlier- he would have had a game with it, unlike now when he lost it without ever enjoying it!

A young Moses was quite anxious to liberate the Israelites from the bondage of the Egyptian oppressors. One day while out he decided to take matters in his hands. "Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand" (Exodus 2:12). When word got to Pharaoh, Moses had to flee, to avoid being killed.

Forty years down the road, having long let go of a matter that once consumed his life to a point of taking a life, God lifted Moses up out of a bush. "The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come downtown rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians" (Exodus 3:7-8).

The Moses story is about a young man who held on to a vision and wanted to achieve it all through his might. However, when he let go, and was out on his own, apparently having forgotten all about it, God came and lifted him, "So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt" (Exodus 3:10).

Perhaps in your life there is a matter that you have been holding on to and nothing seems to be progressing, and you are all restless. Why not just let go, and have the Almighty God take over, for you may be surprised what happens then!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I decide to let go that matter since troubling me, that your will is done as you please, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).

    Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.

    As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him”  ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.

    Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).

    In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do  His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
    So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!

    Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!