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21/09/2023 - 22/09/2023 All day

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” ( Romans 10:14).

The story of Christianity starts with Christ followers pursued and persecuted. The first recorded martyr after the crucifixion of Christ was Stephen. “While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell asleep” ( Acts 7: 59-60). More important to note the ring leader who presided over this execution was none other than Saul. “And Saul approved of their killing him” (Acts 8:1). Only later on, after a miraculous conversion, Saul turned into Paul, to win souls for Christ( Acts 9).

As the disciples of Christ spread beyond Jerusalem they met targeted attacks. Christ followers would be thrown over into dens of lions and made a spectacle to jeering crowds. But yet followers kept multplying. Eventually, quite overwhelmed, the Roman Empire decided to abandon its own pagan gods and embrace Christianity under the reign of Emperor Constatine.

Because it was now a state religion the Roman Empire decided to force conversation of their territories through crusaders. This was against the commands of Christ. Up to that point Christianity had not been growing through force. Christianity had grown because of the irresistable power of the Holy Spirit to bring conversation to the lost through repetance and acknowlegdment of Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Today we should not loose sight of this history. Just before he left Christ cautioned his followers “And whoever shall not receive you or hear your words, shake off the dust of your feet when you depart from that house, or that city” ( Acts 10:14). All he was saying do your part and let the Holy Spirit finish His business. It is not you who saves people but God, after all. “For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion” ( Romans 9:15)

Do your part, pray and leave the rest to God!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today help me through the power of the Holy Spirit share your Gospel of salvation and let you bring those you will to salvation, 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!