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14/09/2022 03:00 - 15/09/2022 02:00

"Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?  You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them" - Psalm 89:8-9 (NIV). 

In the olden days travel between nations was generally by sea. Today while sky travel is dangerous to a degree it cannot be compared to the turbulence that could be experienced on seafare. A storm could well up all of a sudden and wreak havoc the ship, easily tossing all the apparently helpless passengers into oblivion.

The Apostle Paul once experienced a wicked storm. It all started with him warning the ship owners against the journey to Rome, against looming dark clouds, but they insisted nonetheless. They set sail "Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island. The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind" (Acts 27:17-15). It got worse, for soon, "We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved" (vv 18-20).

Sometimes there comes a storm in life, so severe, that one loses hope. It could be a health, financial, relationship or reputational storm But wait, just as everyone had given up, an angel of the Lord came and spoke to Paul who then passed on a message of hope to the distraught 276 sailors, "Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head' (vv 35). Eventually the ship battered as it were found ground and all its crew was rescued.

Life is full of storms. Who hasn't gone through a storm! But where you are faced with such, of whatever nature, know that God is greater than any storm. The same God who enabled a battered ship sail through a wicked storm will see you through as you look up to him with unwavering faith.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, for all the storms we find in life, I look up to you that you help me overcome the storm and safely sail through, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    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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