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05/05/2022 03:00 - 06/05/2022 02:00

"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus" - Gal 3:28 (NIV). 

The New Testament church began formed primarily of Jews (Acts 2). However, as the Gospel spread it attracted other nationalities. For one thing as the disciples scattered they shared the Good News to whomever they met. However, the conversion of Gentiles caused some ruffles.

Through a revelation to the Apostle Peter it became clear that the Gospel of salvation was not restricted to the Jews alone. Led to the house of Cornelius, Peter, explained, “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right" (Acts 10: 34-35).

And later before the Council of Jerusalem, the Apostle James clarifed to those still anxious to fellowship with Gentiles. "The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: ‘After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent.
Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it,  that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things" (Acts 15:15-18).

In the book of Revelation the Apostle John shared a vision of all peoples from every destination standing before the throne of grace. "Then I looked, and there was a large crowd of people. There were so many people that no one could count them all. They were from every nation, tribe, race of people, and language of the earth. They were standing before the throne and before the Lamb" (Rev 7:9, ERV).

As believers we are blessed to be part of that wide family drawn from every corner of the earth to testify of the Lord's grace. Believers are non discriminatory because we are "one in Christ Jesus"!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where we see the world so fractured along racial, ethnic and national divisions, what a blessing to know in Christ Jesus we are one!

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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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