"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" - Philippians 4:13 (NIV).
In the English language one of the most dangerous words is - "I can't!" When this word becomes part of your normal vocabulary it can chain you down to paralysis. What can you do for someone who whenever he is faced with obstacles- his answer is "I can't!" Is it sitting a defining exam! "I can't pass!" Is it starting a good business? "No I cant for I lack capita!" Is it getting a coveted job by first applying. "No I cant get it even if I applied!"
You might think that this condition of "I can'tism" only started yesterday. Yet, truth be said, it has long been part of mankind, dragging so many behind. Let's just go back to this story when Moses traveling through a desert picked up 12 spies and tasked them to go out and scout good land (Numbers 13). After the spies returned Moses and the elders sat down for an encouraging report. Listen what these warriors shared: "They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit.But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large" (Numbers 13:27-28). In other words "I can'tism" had taken over these mournful souls. "All the people we saw there are of great size...We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them" (vv 32-33).
What saved the day was that where there was the "I can't" prophets; there were also 'It can be done" believer's. As almost everyone fell apart with fright, now stood up two different spies, Joshua and Caleb, and hear what they said: "The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them" (Numbers 14: 7-9).
Are you one of those "I can't people" that whenever you are faced with an uphill task you tremble and balk. Well, it could be you know so little of the power of the Almighty God. This is what made the difference. Joshua and Caleb knew that "nothing is impossible with God!" And you know what, for that faith, God would vindicate them with supreme victory!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where faced with any challenge, I look up to you, for victory, knowing with you "all things are possible" 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!