“And this is the testimony God has given us eternal life, and his life is his son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” - 1 John 5:11 (NIV)
Doubting our faith even for believers is the one of the weapons the enemy uses to rob us of joy. The Bible is clear that once we accept Christ as Lord and Savior we are assured of eternity- just as it was for the thief on a cross besides Jesus! When Christ assured a condemned man that tonight he would be with him in eternity, because of his belief and faith in him, it was not based on this man’s works, for apparently there was none to speak of. Still, the enemy in his strange way of twisting the will of God continually troubles believers in Christ by placing undeserved burdens on them to work for their salvation, as though Christ death on the cross was not sufficient.
Doubts will come in every believer’s life, including feelings of inadequacy. But let us never allow the enemy to push off the rail by confusing us that accepting and placing our faith in him is not enough. This is the point which the Apostle Paul spent a great deal on and it would do us all believers well to take heart to his message in Romans.
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven as I have placed my faith in you I know it’s because of the faith in you that I am saved and not by my works.
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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!