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FIRST OF MONTH PRAYER, AUGUST2023!

Lord Heavenly Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, we come to you with thanksgiving for leading us through July to a new bright month. May all the glory go to you! And now as we step into this new month we pray that we are blessed of you. For as you told Abraham, “indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies” ( Gen 22:17). You who led the Israelites through the overwhelming waters of the Red Sea may you part whatever dares to rise in our way, for you say, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent( Exodus 14:13-14). In these perilous times of wars and scarcities, we anchor our faith in you, as you lead us on, for you say, “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” ( Deutronomy 31:8). We commit to you the work of our hands, as you say, “May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands” ( Psalm 90:17). We are encouraged for you say, “Those who work hard make a profit, but those who only talk will be poor” ( Proverbs 14:23). To those in our midst who are weak in the body may they be healed in your name, as you say, “by his wounds we are healed” ( Isaiah 53:5). For any momentary troubles, bending us low, we look up to you with faith, remembering your words, “we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Cor 4:8). Sarround us with your consuming love and grace, holding on to your promises, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” ( 2 Cor 9:8). And where there are any traps set in our way or evil directed towards us to paralyse any, we scatter all into the wilderness and render the enemies plan ino naught, through the power of the blood of Jesus, against which no powerrs can prevail! For “The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven” ( Deutronomy 28:7). And all this we pray in your holy and precious name, the name above all names, of Christ Jesus our Lord!

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    “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).

    The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).

    Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).

    That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.

    Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.

    Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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