“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” – (Phil 4:13 ).
Self doubt is a common afflication that can affect any life. For instance, one could be given a job and feel quite overwhemed with all it demands. Perhaps one could feel limited by his feeble resources and even skills.
Moses was one person who was also called up to do a “big job” he felt he was not up to. Pulled out of the wilderness he trembled with doubt as he was tasked to return to Egypt and liberate his people. “But Moses said to the Lord, “Since I speak with faltering lips, why would Pharaoh listen to me?” (Exodus 6: 30). To which the Lord answered, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet” (Exodus 7:1).
Here is the point. It was not wrong for Moses to question himself as the task rightly seemed too huge for anyone. Many of us could share that moment of inadequacy. We have been asked to step into some outsized shoes. We are caught in an unexpected position and all eyes are on us.
One thing Moses did was to take his self-doubts to the Almighty God. And certainly God equipped him with an aide and later with a set of miracles that overwhelmed Pharaoh.
Today, if you feel inadequate, the Lord is challenging you not to lose hope but look up to him. As it is written, “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 40:30).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you are our helper for whatever task we may face, and today I call upon you who enables to equip and power me to victory, 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!