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Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, how we thank you for shepharding us through the month of August. And now we pray for your hand that steered your children through the Red Sea to lead us in power. “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land” ( Exodus 4:21). And where we come up enemies, we know, you “jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt” ( vv 25). There are many good things we truly experienced through the past month. Some of us achieved certain milestones, once a dream but for your goodness we basked in the glory of victory. For you say, “You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out” ( Deutronomy 28:6). Yet we know there have also been setbacks. But even though we enclose ourselves in your shroud, for you say, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken ( Psalm 55:22). And so as we walk into September, we pray for the blessings Moses gave to your servant Joshua, who said, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” ( Deutronomy 31:8). Just as you blessed Abraham whose servant knelt before you and prayed, “LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham” ( Genesis 24:12), and you granted his request; in the same vein we pray, “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever” ( Psalm 23:6). May this month be one of breaking through barriers, as you say, “I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron” (Isaiah 45:2). If we ever felt low we lean on your word, “There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off” ( Proverbs 23:18). And where we find turmoil, we pray, that the “peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful” ( Col 3:15). We therefore go out our hearts ripe with anticipation of greater days ahead: “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God” ( Psalm 20:4-5). All this we pray in the holy mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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