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03/11/2022 - 04/11/2022 All day

"And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows"  (Luke 12:17).

It's a normal activity in the village for kids to be called out to chase a rooster for a festival meal. Once picked chicken slaughtering is a slow process, where after chopping off the neck, feathers are plucked out one after the other, before the bird is ready for cooking. It's amazing what a ton of feathers each bird carries and one can only shave them off the body so fast. So when Christ pointed out, "And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows" ( Mathew 10:31-32), it was a very deep observation.

Two things can happen to any believer. Once in a while some people may feel that their matter is too insignificant for God to care. There are those who cannot imagine that their prayer requests can also carry weight compared to others that seem more weighter. Yet here we see that our God values each one of us as individuals, so important that he likens us to "all the hairs on our head" being numbered singularity! Isn't that something? In brief, in God's kingdom there are no such things as insignificant prayers or a life that does not count.

Only the devil can deceive you that your matter which weighs heavily on you is trivial in the eyes of God. There is nothing as such. If something counts on you so much; so it equally matters with God. Therefore, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God'     ( Phillipians 4:6).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I come to you with a matter that I know is just as important to you for your deliverance, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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