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26/01/2022 03:00 - 27/01/2022 02:00

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" - John 16:33 (NIV).

Cheer has been defined as a "shout for joy or in praise or encouragement"! Cheer is often associated with something exciting and motivating, inspiring and firing one especially through even odd circumstances. In the US there is a major sports known as Cheerleaders. It often involves spectacular dances with participants looping themselves into amazing pyramids against the beat of orchestra music. Seeing them perform you will need to acknowledge those are some cheerful lads.

Now, whenever someone is going through a bad patch it might be unrealistic to expect them to be cheerful, just as these. On occasions there are winds which blow and can leave one down. How should a believer respond! When David was passing through a bad patch, he, for one cried out "Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals (Psalm 36: 5-6). David decided to look up to the Lord to cheer him up through a difficult stretch.

Being cheerful can't be forced on one. But perhaps it helps to draw inspiration form David who sung, "I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God" (Psalm 40:1-3).

Today, choose to be cheerful whatever the circumstances, by looking up to the Lord to lift you up!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that your spirit may cheer me with joy, looking up to you to lift me up even when low, this I pray in Jesus 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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