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02/12/2023 All day

Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as we gather pace to close this long year, and with all the disturbing events we see, yet here we come to you with thanksgiving for the blessing of life. We know nothing comes to pass without your knowledge and so even if we are not able to fully grasp these events, yet the comfort is you are in control. 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 3:18). We are thankful because you have reminded us: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations” ( Ps 100:4-5). We hold on steadfast to your good and awesome nature, believing in your word, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” ( Psalm 23:4). Through this year there has been hits and misses. Where we have accomplished what we set our eyes on we give you praise, singing with joy, “The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights”  ( Habakuk 3:9). And for those areas not on target, we still look up to you, “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” ( Isaiah 40:31). May you be with us and all our loved ones especially through the hectic season of travel in the coming days, “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one” ( 2 Thessalonians 3:3). We refute and rebuke all the dark powers of the enemy rendering them moot and powerless, proclaiming nothing but blessings and prosperity upon our lives, “You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out” ( Deuteronomy 38:3-6)” And all we pray in the blessed name of Jesus Christ our Lord!

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!