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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“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!