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16/05/2022 03:00 - 17/05/2022 02:00

"Come to me, all who are weary and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" - Mathew 11:28 (NIV). 

Many people have a favourite time of the day. Perhaps it is siesta time, when the body is languid and heavy with starch, when one finds a soft spot to lay for a quick nap. Sports enthusiasts might look to the end of the day to take part in a game with other lads, like soccer. Food gobblers can't wait for dinner time. A number of imbibers must at the end of the day stop on their way back home at some place for that hard drink.

Looking at the Lord's life he clearly had a favourite part of the day too. "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed" (Mark 1:35). This seems to have been a habit regardless of the past day. Of course there must have been bad days as for any other, but there was that time the Lord looked forward to.

Now none of us would like to wake up to a chore. You don't reserve a special time for a drag. Fact is, that special time or moment should be inspiring, in order for you to look forward to it. It seems clear the Lord's daily habit was because of the power he derived from that special time of prayer. It energised him and gave him clarity of his life's mission. It was time to process and be filled with power to go out there and do God's work.

We all need that special time of the day, one we look forward to being by ourselves, process and then move on, our minds clear with the task ahead. The Lord teaches us that starting a day with prayer could be one good habit, worth adopting.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that you help me have and focus on that time when I talk to you and derive power for the mission you have given me, 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!