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14/10/2023 - 15/10/2023 All day

Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary” – (Daniel 9:17).

Many of us are familiar with petitions. There are petitions that have been made to the powers that be for new District creation. Sometimes petitions have been for removal from office certain characters.

Three common aspects are found in almost all petitions. First, there is often urgency about them. And then petitions to add weight bear signatures of those bidding for a favor. Finally petitions are always appealing to a higher power.

Believers in Christ are privileged that they have the highest power to appeal to. Daniel was once grieved with what had happened to Jerusalem and he petitioned to the Almighty. “So I turned to God and pleaded with Him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes” (Daniel 9:3). He then laid out a passionate prayer on behalf of the people. “Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your name” (Daniel 9:19).

Queen Esther after first petitioning God with much prayer and fasting walked in confidence to her King on behalf of her people. “Now, what is your petition? It will be given to you. And what is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted” (Esther 5:6). Her petition to King Xerxes yielded success.

Writing to Timothy the Apostle Paul reminded him, “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgiving, be made on behalf of men” (I Timothy 2:1). Faced with defeat the people pleaded with prophet Jeremiah, “Please, hear our petition and pray to the Lord our God for his entire remnant. For as you now see though we were once many, only a few are left. Pray that the Lord your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do” (Jeremiah 42:2-3).

Just as the people of the world habitually take petitions to authorities, and are never shy about them by appending their signatures, let us too never hesitate to do the same to the Almighty. We should petition to God whenever we are faced with an impending situation that threatens us and not let the enemy have his way. Like Daniel and Esther we should plead passionately that the tide turns in our favor. Whatever it is we should go to God assured most of all that He will answer our requests. “And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know we have the requests which we have asked from Him” (I John 5:15).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I come to you with a petition deep from my heart, that you use your power that put in place the sun, moon and stars, to change my situation and destiny in my favour, for you are a God of the possible and wills what you want to pass, all I pray in the mighty name of Jesus!

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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