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19/10/2023 - 20/10/2023 All day

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead” ( Phillipians 3:13).

It seems funny but in truth it happens all the time. When God rescued Lot from rapists and told him to gather all his family and flee because of the impending doom to fall upon Sodom and Gomorrah, there was no much time for small things. “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!” ( Genesis 19:17). Lot left in a hurry, “Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land” ( vv 24-25).

Mind you the message to Lot had been, “Don’t look back” just flee for your safety. Yet as we know curriosity killed the cat! This is what happened. “But Lots wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt” ( vv 25).

That follly can happen too in our good Christian lives. While the Lord has rescued us from Egypt we rather than setting our eyes on to the Promised land, look back to our past land of captivity. Just as the grass is often greener the other side, our past can also look more rosy and attractive. “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted” ( Numbers 11:5), the rebellious Israelites accused Moses as he led them. Of course it was all a lie; these people had just been delivered from the yoke of slavery, but that’s what happens with the habit of looking back!

God has rescued you from a terrible past and there is nothing good there was in your former life where you were lost. Now, like Paul, only look forward to the glory that lies ahead!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I am thankful for rescuing me from a terrible bitter past, and so help me ever look forward to the hope that is in you, all to your glory, 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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