“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)
No parent can claim that his relation with his child was a straight path without hiccups. In almost every relation there often happens estranged moments particularly where the child goes astray and the parent has to bring to its attention against whatever denials or pleas of innocence. However, the relation would survive such strain because of love. This is not to mean the parent would overlook the child’s error, ignore the matter; the parent might have even to admonish the child severely, depending on the gravity of offense, but love ensures the bond survives the friction.
Likewise, in the relation every believer has with God, there can be moments of strain. But what sustains our relation with God is love. “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). One long married couple once observed where there is lack of love a car parked wrongly can be the cause of a storm. However, with love, where an item is misplaced, it can only bring the couple together.
It is through love that whatever is causing dissension can be dispelled. Love is the bridge to any misunderstanding. The conflicts that we see around the world spilling into wars of great proportion and havoc are caused because of the absence of love. And had l there been love certainly we would see less homes breaking up. Yes, certainly few would argue the world needs more of love than hate. And so, are many of our personal relationships.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God, creator of heaven and earth, for all the hurt that we see in the world, today I pray that you teach us to love one another, just as you did by laying down your life for us, and with that love help us find what is more common than what divides us, so that we are one, as is your desire.
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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!