"I can do all this through him who gives me strength” - Philippians 4:13.
When the Israelites finally reached the Promised Land it was rather an anti-climax. A journey that had started in the midst of great miracles that that had humbled Pharaoh with the devastating parting of the Red Sea and drowning of the chasing soldiers (Exodus 14:21) all ended with only two reaching.
For Moses, lack of enough belief had run him into problems. “But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” (Numbers 1:12). Later, when Moses sent out 12 spies and all but two dared believe they would take on the land of giants, the Lord was angry for this lack of belief. “Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth, not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times— not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it (Numbers 14: 21-23).
Belief that our God is able to do more than we can imagine is something central to our Christian faith. This belief is not a blind belief. In the above cases Moses and the Israelites had seen God perform innumerable miracles in their lives and yet still doubted. You and I have also seen God perform innumerable miracles in our lives, especially through a long year. Yet we sometines doubt.
May we not be denied of ultimate victory simply because we allowed disbelief to have the better part of us. Let’s believe that the God who has got us here will see us through the next year.
Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, as we conclude 2020, I look back and see all the miracles you have wrought in my life, and aware of all this astonishing evidence, I look forward to 2021 with belief that through you all is possible because I have believed in you!
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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!