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26/07/2021 03:00 - 27/07/2021 02:00

“For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord” – Proverbs 8:35 (NIV). 

Whereas infections like malaria and HIV are some of the leading causes of death in poorer African nations, elsewhere in the industrialized nations, like US, heart disease is the leading cause of death. From medicine we find a host of heart disease causes that can range from: a sedentary life style, obesity, drug abuse, alcoholism, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, to birth defects.

Once a heart stops the risk of fatalities are extremely high and hence health experts are always looking for ways to extend the life of a heart. Through medicine we find various remedies for heart treatment ranging from medications, surgery, inserting pace makers to help revive weakened hearts and even heart transplants.

However, in all, there is a place where conventional medicine cannot go: and that is where a heart suffers a disease, which can lead to eternal death- the disease of sin. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Upon creation God provided a code of behavior for us, which once we fault, we have sinned, which happens to everybody- “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Human intervention can only temporarily extend life by adding some measure of power to a heart and its ability to supply  blood to the rest of the body. However, it is a fact of life, that even with the best of medical care, every heart that beats, will one day stop. It is here that it becomes more important to look for a cure of all heart diseases. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Today, while any of us may seek and take to a good doctor’s advice how to extend the life of our hearts: exercise regularly, watch our diet, go for regular check ups, perhaps even have surgery; yet, if we want out heartbeat to roar deep into eternity, it is only by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal savior, where we can have that assurance.  “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” (1 John 5:11).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I open up my heart to receive you as Lord and Savior, and gladly receive the gift of eternal life you have promised to all who believe, 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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