“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” ( John 14:6).
Those who passed through the troubled days of Uganda’s violent history recall the scare of roadblocks. As government troops chased guerrilas they would mount roadblocks to ambush such. Chancing upon one was a hellish experience. In fact, if you knew ahead, most would seek out an alternative route freed of those terrible roadblocks. The fear was a roadblock denied one of free access to his destiny.
When Christ came here on earth and died for our sins, he paved free access to the throne of the Almighty God. Previously they had stood roadblocks. Largely it was through the law of Moses where access to God was limited to works. But as the Apostle Paul explained, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast” ( Ephesians 2:8-9). Christ paved the way for all us through his sacrificial death on the cross to receive eternal life. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand” ( Romans 5:1-2).
Back then if you were traveling and knew the road was manned by roadblocks at certain points you might think of abandoning the journey, unless if there was an emergency. A roadblock would fill you with all kinds of nightmares. But the removal of roadblocks with the coming of peace was the opposite. It now meant you could move to your destiny free and unhindered.
And this is our privilege as believers in Christ. Through Jesus we have that free acess to the throne of God. Where the enemy tries to throw any roadblocks, these are all no more, because Christ has made the way!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, through Christ the way has been paved for us to reach your throne of grace, and so I pray to come to you with all my needs, knowing the way has been made clear, this I pray in Jesus’ 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!