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20/08/2023 - 21/08/2023 All day

“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first” (Revelation 2:4).

Early in his life King David was one person who just couldn’t wait being involved. The Baganda have a saying- “nga’ talutumila mwana,” - loosely meaning: “he was not a man to rely on errand boys!” Thus, once he saw Goliath threatening invincibility David took him on personally ( I Samuel 17). Recruited by King Saul he personally led the Israelites into battle that crowds ended up provocatively chanting, “As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands” ( I Samuel 18:7).

Now, as David’s stuture rose, he tired of his old battle field action packed life. He had seen it all and, anyway, he had others now to do the fighting for him! So, as it were, in one long battle he dispatched over his General Joab to lead the army while he lounged at home. Things started to happen. One day he spotted a married beautiful woman and before long he had snatched her. This was after using his privileged position to get her husband Uriah who, himself was away at battle, get killed! It was a grievous sin which God made David pay for dearly!

A lesson for us here. Any of us using our gifts could start out by being very active in ministry life. We cant wait to attend church where we eagerly participate in praise and worship. Perhaps we volunteer to be ushers or lead Sunday School. At home we lead family prayers. But as God blesses us and we rise in stature certain things in our prior life become “too small for us!” We now miss church (“too busy”) and have no time for weekly cell Bible studies, because of other “bigger meetings” at office.

There is a danger here. As we draw away from our “first love” we become exposed. No longer actively involved in the Lord’s work, like David, we become easy target.

As you rise stay close to God by being immersed in his work, including actively participating in ministry, just as before, other than merely delegating because you are now “too big”! Only one helpful way to keep the enemy at bay!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, help me stay ever close to you and never “too busy” through distractions caused by change in life’s circumstances that take me far away from 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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