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14/09/2021 03:00 - 15/09/2021 02:00

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” - Philippians 4:6 (NIV).

There are many people who practice a certain habit. They will never go out to shop without a shopping list. This habit was picked up probably after observing someone who had profited from it or after making some costly mistake. There are instances where one without any advance list ends up spending freely at every slight temptation of a passing good or rushes to enjoy a certain service, only to end up fast broke with other more critical needs left unattended. A shopping list helps to save one from all this.

Just as a shopping list is helpful, another equally good habit for believers is to have a prayer list, that one takes regularly to the Almighty God. There are several advantages here. First, it helps focus one on particular prayer points that can easily escape the mind during a quiet time in the presence of the Almighty. But also, more, the list is a regular reminder of what one needs to take to the Almighty in form of petitions. And because one has a list he is always aware of what to add on, here and then. There are those believers with prayer lists which they keep adding on as they hear the needs of those they happen to meet.

One of the beautiful thing about such a list is to see prayer requests every now and then met. There are instances where a need is met without suspense, but other needs may take their course, as God wills. The list serves as a record of how the Almighty God comes through, sometimes without us even being aware. As one ticks an answered prayer request here and there, sees what God has done, his faith is inspired.

Of course we are here not talking about a command from the Lord, and you may as well have another habit that works for you. But this is also one good one, you may consider and give a shot, if not already doing so!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I bring to you these lined petitions assured that you will meet each one of them according to your glorious riches in heaven, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    “The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them” – (Deuteronomy 28:2).

    Every now and then one chances upon someone despising the importance of being enterprising. To some being enterprising can be equated to the love of money and it’s pitfalls (1 Tim 6:10). Others see it as being overtly worldly. Yet, far from it, being enterprising is clearly an avenue God has given believers to raise resources for their well-being and promotion of the rich Gospel.

    The Bible is full of enterprising characters who were used mightily of God. Abraham was apparently a good rancher that he “become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold” (Gen 13:2). Job was hated by Satan who sought to destroy him because “He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area” (Job 1:3).

    The Lord Jesus Christ was born and raised in the house of Joseph, the carpenter (Mathew 13:55). Carpenters do not create works of beauty to donate for free. To prosper they must run sustainable enterprises which pay taxes and make profit. The Apostle Paul would often rely on enterprising people to support him in his ministry. One of his worthy converts “was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God (Acts 16:14).

    Though Paul was a law don once he went to the mission field, other than cling to his titles by burdening his hosts he often dabbled in tent making to support himself. In Corinth he teamed up with an amazing couple, Priscilla and Aquila, and “because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them” (Acts 18:3). This couple run a successful tent making business that enabled them support mission work.

    And then of course, there is the noble woman of character, as told in Proverbs 31, who “selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings.. She sees that her trading is profitable…She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes (vv 13-25).

    When the body of believers is filled with such enterprising people it generates resources important to sustain God’s work. Further, the work of God is then supported without being dependent on sources that might compromise the mission, as sometimes we see! Be enterprising!

    Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who has given us the gift of enterprise, today I pray to use this gift to take care of my needs and support the expansion of your kingdom on earth, this I pray in Jesus’ Name.

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