“We love because he loved us first” – I John 4:19 (NIV)
Who doesen’t love being favoured. Favor is something which would bring smile to any of us. When Joseph presented his two children, Manasseh and Ephraim, to Jacob for a blessing, their grandfather placed his right hand on the younger brother, Ephraim, before his elder brother. Joseph resisted and tried to influence his father against. “But his father refused and said, “I know my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great, but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations” (Gen 48:19).
Actually Jacob he himself had been a favored child over his older brother. Earlier when his father, Isaac, was about to pass on, he called on his elder son, Esau, to be blessed of him (Gen 27:7). But his mother, Rebekah, tricked their father and had the younger son be blessed before. When Esau found out he cried out in protest to Isaac but without much success. “I have made him lord over you, and I have sustained him with grain and wine” (Gen 27:37).
Favor had followed their grandfather, Abraham, too. So much so that when he and his nephew Lot once found their herdsmen wrestling each other for pasture due to their immense herds of cattle, Abraham, assured of the Lords favor, decided to leave the best land to Lot. But God still blessed Abraham even with his seemingly poor choice. “All the land that you see I will give you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you” (Gen 13:16-17).
As Believers we too have been chosen and favored not because there was anything deserving but that God loved us first. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet of nation” (Jeremiah 1:5).
Favor is unmerited grace. God favors us not because there is any good in us. “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God – not by works, so that one can boast” (Ephesians 2: 8-9). God favors us because He chose us to be His children. Today may you confidently walk out in the knowledge you are a favoured child of God!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I thank you that you have chosen and blessed me as a child of favour, and today I pray to walk out with that favour upon my life to experience your full blessings, this I pray in Jesus’ 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!