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08/07/2023 - 09/07/2023 All day

 

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me… ( John 10:4).

Have you ever had a challenging matter and needed someone to share with! Of course for any thing personal you would only feel comfortable to share with one you have a personal relationship. The reason might range from confidentiality, empathy and time. You don’t just pull out a stranger to bear out your heartaches seeking for a solution.

And this is where our God comes in!

When Moses was faced with a situation where God was about to obliterate the people he was leading for their rebellion, he pleaded with him as with an intimate friend. “I have seen these people,” the Lord said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation” ( Exodus 32:9-10). To this Moses fell on his face and cried, “Lord,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? ( vv 11). Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever” (vv 13). And, because of these pleas, “Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened” ( vv 14).

All this is because Moses had a personal relationship with God! Jesus too had a personal relationship with his Father. This is why he took time in prayer talking to God through the night of Gethsemane.

Like Moses, and Christ, ours should be a personal relationship with our creator, the loving God. It means it is him we should run to when weighed down with whatever challenge, pleading for his ear, and direct intervention in what might seem a lost cause!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, to you I come as a Father to a loving child, and bear out all my heart to you, because you listen and care for me, and I wait upon you, all 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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