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26/01/2023 All day

"I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one"( Ezekiel 22:30).

The Bible is famous for a rich cast of heroic characters. Although all lived at a different time and place, and from another culture, except for Jews, they offer to us many inspiring lessons how to live. Like if we take the case of Nehemiah. He was one man moved with a mission to execute a project of a noble nature against all odds.

The first thing we notice is he had a burden and after repenting, cried to the Lord, reminding Him of His promises to Moses: "but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name" ( Nehemiah 1:9). All of us God has put a burden on our hearts- for some it is to witness in the market place, support missions, or, maybe start a Christian school. What is the burden God has placed on your heart!

What distinguishes Nehemiah was that he was not just a dreamer. He was a man of action. For once he had settled it in his mind that the wall of Jerusalem had to be rebuilt, he approached the king: "The king said to me, “What is it you want? "Then I prayed to the God of heaven,  and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild"( Nehemiah 2:4-5).

Many people can have good visions only to allow them waste away without taking any action. There are waiting for the perfect time and enough resources - whatever that means!

Once he started to rebuild the wall Nehemiah faced incredible opposition; for "when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble ( Nehemiah 4: 7-8). But in spite of all the arrows thrown at him, Nehemiah steeled through and got the job done. Are you being opposed for heeding the call of God on your life? Is someone all bent to frustrate you. Recall even Jesus was opposed yet he got the mission done.

Finally, once the wall was rebuilt, Nehemiah gave thanks to God. Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength"* ( Nehemiah 8:10). Now, haven't you come across cases of those whom God enabled but in their victory lap, claimed it was all of their doing! How then do you see God blessing you more.

Of course there are many other equally inspiring characters and it is hard to make a pick. But here is one man of God who could speak to you and motivate any of us today!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, what an inspiring way to live as you enabled Nehemiah, and may I learn to trust in you for victory, 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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