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29/10/2021 03:00 - 30/10/2021 02:00

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! - Psalm 118:1 (NIV).

If dark clouds are gathering above two things can happen. One could see floods ahead, impassable roads and broken bridges everywhere. Fearful, one parent screams, “Get back in the house and sit still!” Another person though sees crops ripening and flowers blooming blessed by these rains. Hopeful, the parent smiles and tells the children to ready their hoes and scythe eager for a good harvest.

Life has these two sets of people. There is a certain Aunt who on hearing a nephew has applied to go to a certain top school frowns with a lecture, “No, you can’t go there!” And then there is that Uncle who on hearing a niece has applied to go to a certain school is quick to pat on her back and says, “Go for it!” Two people are looking at the same situation but with different attitudes.

A positive attitude can see stars above when darkness engulfs everywhere. A negative attitude will bemoan the fate of all and hear only shrills of agony the moment darkness takes over sunlight.

In the Christian life we also encounter with attitudes. Here is someone in perfect health, perhaps with a job, and family but seeing his progress against others is suddenly swallowed up with a negative attitude that whatever he does can’t amount to anything. What is killing him is comparison. Another person has his deal turned down but rather than descend into a pity party just takes a stock of all that he has achieved since, and more, the fact that he is alive and in good health, to smile ahead and wait for greater opportunities. He brightens when he remembers God’s word, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

Every one of us needs a fresh dose of positive attitude for there is always a lot pushing against us, especially for Christ followers since they are up against a system counter to God’s laws. Next time, if you encounter a situation that makes you feel low, just go out and sing: “When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done!”

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, when I look around and see all you have done, I am so thankful, for am blessed indeed, and the future is bright because it is 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!