“Keep company with the wise and you will become wise. If you make friends with stupid people, you will be ruined” – Prov 13:20 (NIV)
A familiar saying goes, “birds of the same feathers flock together!” Very true. One quickest way to tell about a person is by asking around who he lounges with. The reason is simple- your company influences you positively or negatively!
Just look at what happens to some world class athletes. All at an international level regularly undergo drug test. Between 2004 and 2018, 318 Kenyan athletes were caught by the World Anti-Doping Agency, found to have violated drug laws as they tested positive. These were suspended.
No one can dispute that these athletes were talented but very often influenced by bad company they took on these banned substance drugs. Pretending to have their interest someone convinced them that by taking those performance-enhancing drugs they would do far better. In a tough competitive industry and eager for success and world acclaim some fall astray.
Yet, coincidentally, not all athletes fall to these prays. Many resist and go on to win their medals while clean. They do not listen to bad advice. And this often starts with the company they keep.
Just as some of these great athletes open themselves to bad advice that eventually ruins their careers, Believers in Christ, too, can too easily fall prey to evil company when not watchful. For this reason we are warned to be careful of the company we keep. This is for our own good. “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good characters” (I Cor 15:33).
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that I may look for and surround myself with inspiring friendship that leads me closer to 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!