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24/11/2023 - 25/11/2023 All day

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” ( John 10:10).

Long before the Gospel of Christ was brought and shared here in Africa and neighboring regions one chief characteristic of people’s lives was fear. There was particular fear that life was controlled by vindictive gods which if you dared stepped on the wrong foot your were doomed. To guard themselves against upsetting these merciless gods people armed themselves with all sorts of amulets and fetishes as a tool of protection.

Fear dominated the lives of these people until the Gospel arrived. One most appealing aspect of the Gospel was its message of God setting us free to live abundant lives in Christ. The Gospel of Christ is liberating. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death” ( Romans 8:1-2).

When someone becomes a believer in Christ one of the most immediate gains is freedom. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” ( Romans 8:36). You as a believer in Christ are no longer a victim of fear as happened to those who lived before and never heard the Gospel. As Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery!” Further, Ephesians 3:12 reminds us, “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, through faith in you we have been liberated from fear and all the powers of darkness, so help me live the abundant life of joy that is found in you, this I pray in Jesus’s 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!

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