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19/08/2022 03:00 - 20/08/2022 02:00

Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God” - Colossians 4:2 (NIV). 

Prayer is amazing in that while in the scriptures we find instances of quick answers to prayer requests yet there are many others which took years to materialize. For example, after Jesus was crucified, there was a criminal who recognized that indeed he was the Messiah. In spite of this, the criminal repented and cried out, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.  Jesus instantly granted his wish, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:42-43).

Another time, a centurion came to Jesus, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly” (Mathew 8:5). Amazed at his faith, Jesus granted his request immediately.  “Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment” (vv 13).

However, having a prayer request answered immediately was not so much the case in the life of Prophet Abraham. He and his wife, Sarah, walked for years, with a prayer request as would any childless couple, to conceive and have a child. They got up in years and it seemed all hope lost. Finally God told Abraham their prayer request would be answered. “Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” (Genesis 18:12). In spite of that, “the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised.  Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age; at the very time God had promised him” (Genesis 21:1-3).

Likewise, Hannah, had too prayed for years to have a son, endured taunts from her co- wife, Peninnah, but she persisted in prayer. “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”  Then one day,  prophet Eli observed her praying fervently and, touched, there and then said, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him” (vv 17).

All this is to bear to us that with prayer there are not fast rules. In some situations we shall have our request met instantly as there are those which we shall labor with, perhaps for years before they materialize. However, if there is any rule, one which we can’t ignore, is that where our requests are not met instantly, we should not give up in prayer, as was with Hannah. “So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him” (vv 20).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of creation, of heaven and earth, through scriptures I see you have the power to meet any of my prayer requests as and when you wish, and so I hereby pray in Jesus's name.

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    Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors  ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.

    Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).

    Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).

    Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!

    Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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