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10/02/2022 03:00 - 11/02/2022 02:00

"Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God" - 2 Cor 7:1 (NIV).

Impurities have been described as "substances that are present in small quantities in another substance and make it dirty or unacceptable". If one is preparing any food item for consumption it would be a definite desire to remove all the unwanted elements to make it edible. If it is a liquid one can have a seive to help filter the bad stuff and secure that which is fine for drinking.

The Bible talks of us clearing our lives of impurities; as in, "Remove the impurities from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith" (Proverbs 25:4). According to I Thessalonians 4:7, we are reminded, "For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life."

If one was about to take juice and discovers there are some bad particles most would first find a way to remove all those impure stuff that may even affect the taste. When a drink is removed of impurities it has the proper and enjoyable taste.

And so it is also in our relation with God. There are all sorts of impure stuff that can enter and clog our lives. These could be poisonous thoughts. Sometimes it is harmful indulgences. When we allow impure stuff inside us our lives are denied of proper use, weighed down by impurities. Hence the desire to remove such to be of quality use.

Today, may our object be to remove all forms of impurities in our lives so that we can then offer our "bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship" (Romans 12:1)

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I offer you my life that you may remove it of all impurities, to be acceptable and pleasing to you, 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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