"With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints" - Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
It's a normal scene every after general elections. The one who feels done wrong especially through voter fraud petitions to the courts to nullify the results of the elections. Currently a petition has been filed to nullify the last presidential elections results in Uganda.
Something about these petitions they are time bound and should be filed within a strict time limit. There are also not cheap- one must secure the services of an attorney who will demand his fee based on the amount of work involved. Success is never guaranteed due to corrupt practices of certain courts.
As believers one of our privileges is the blessing to file petitions to the Almighty God without being subjected to all the above challenges, costs or doubts. Concerned with the fate of Jerusalem, Daniel, sought the Lord: "So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes" (Daniel 9:3). His petition was not in vain. "While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the Lord my God for his holy hill while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding (vv 20-23).
Believers do not have to pay fees to file their petitions as we know happens with worldly courts. "Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16). The fee has already been paid by the blood of Christ on the cross of our salvation. Our petitions are also not time bound. Jeremiah 29:13 says: "You will seek me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart." More than anything, when we go to God we are assured of an incorruptible judge: "Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways" (Psalm 25:8).
Today, whatever maybe weighing on you, know it is your privilege and blessings to file a petition to the Almighty God. And, unlike the demands and risks involved in court petitions, here is a clear path to receive the right verdict.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I come to you with a petition assured that with you there is fairness and assurance of the right answers from the Almighty God.
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!