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28/09/2021 03:00 - 29/09/2021 02:00

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” – Gal 3:28 (NIV).

One day while at school a teacher asked a little girl called Dora to name her tribe and clan, just as everyone had. Dora had no idea. Later back home she asked her parents her tribe. They told her to go back and tell the teacher: “Tell them your tribe is Oweishemwa -Born Again; your clan is Okujunwa- Salvation; and your clan taboo is Ekibi-Sin!” The little girl hurried back to class and told the teacher, the same, which made everyone burst into laughter at her innocence.

This girl was the daughter of Erica and Geraldine Sabiti (later the first African Archbishop of Anglican Church in Uganda), who as were many brethren of those days (Abalokole) had their home always filled with people from all the tribes of Uganda. This is why Dora had been so confused.

When he became Prime Minister of Uganda and was asked to share memories of his upbringing, Prof Apolo Nsibambi, happily recalled that at their home headed by Simeon who had started the East African revival along with Dr. Joe Church all tribes including many from Rwanda were ever welcome. President Godfrey Binaisa whose father Rev. Anania Binaisa was an evangelist who travelled as far as Sudan to share the Gospel of Christ often shared to this writer that he grew up seeing all tribes visit their home which gave him a national consciousness early in life!

Today we live in times when so many have become conscious of their tribe with a passion to promote such against others. Yet might we pause and look at the example of the brethren of the East African revival who by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour (Okulokoka) their old fixation with tribes gave way as they embraced a new tribe of believers in Christ. Transformed in the image of Christ the old had gone (2 Cor 5:17) and now they lived as the Scriptures commanded: “For Christ has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentile into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us” (Eph 2:14, NLT).

Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus Christ to live a life that exemplifies that I have been born into a new tribe of fellowship with Christ, 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!

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