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05/08/2023 - 06/08/2023 All day

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Phillipians 4:19)

There are certain characteristics found among birds and animals which also feature in humans. One of these is hoarding. The magpie is notorious as a hoarder. It will pick up anything, particularly shiny stuff, and take its loot down to her nest. Next time you lose your door or car keys and can’t figure out where, ask yourself if a magpie bird flew nearby!

It’s not very clear why magpies or some other creatures hoard, but for humans we can relate. One chief driver is insecurity. A hoarder does not necessarily need all he gathers to build up a mountain but he is motivated by the fear of “what if I need something ..so better keep”! Hence, one keeps on adding on stuff after another, essentially not what he needs but just for fear, until the mountain is immovable.

Like the Egyptian Pharaohs who went to their graves with dozens of suitcases of jewelry, only for looters to feast; there are those who can’t move anywhere without a mile long luggage! They have become so possessed to their collections to imagine a simple life without!

The habit of hoarding when not watched can turn into a dangerous obsession and, for a believer in Christ, reveal a certain lack of faith. For Jesus taught, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”’( Mathew 6:26). Job further says, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart” (Job 1:21).

When we horde we become self centered, pre occupied with ourself; yet when we rise above this habit, we look more to God as the supplier and protector of all our needs!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as you take care of all my needs may I ever be dependent on you and not be attached or lost in amassing things, for my protection is with you, and 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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