“O Most High. Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure—you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts. ( Psalm 7:9, NIV).
The word “wicked” is used to describe a person who is “evil or morally bad in principle or practice”! Wicked people are often associated with the worst behaviors. We often see wickedness from looting state funds meant to extend healthcare to those involved in plotting and executing murders for their own profit.
The Bible has many places where it refers to the fate of the wicked for their evil. “But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it” (Proverbs 2:22, KJV). The Psalmist says, “Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none” (Psalm 10:15, KJV). The Apostle Paul prayed, “And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith” (2 Thessalonians 3:2 KJV). Again the Psalmist says, “Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them” (Psalm 55:55 KJV).
As followers of Christ we are told to stay far from wicked people unless we are on purpose to bring conviction to them. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” ( Ephesians 5:11, KJV). Wicked people while seemingly prospering await a heavy judgment. “Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him” (Isaiah 3:11, KJV).
Today, as you go about and see the wicked apparently prospering, do not be moved or swayed, for their days are nigh. Rather, pray that the truth may be opened to them, before the Almighty God delivers them to the scorching fires of hell, which is their due!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, for all the evil caused by the wicked as we see these days, we pray for deliverance and that you may bring conviction on to them, before you come down with your severe judgment, 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!