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19/08/2023 - 20/08/2023 All day

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

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 materialise. 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 never to give up in prayer, for I know in your true timing your will shall be granted for my good pleasure, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    “The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them” – (Deuteronomy 28:2).

    Every now and then one chances upon someone despising the importance of being enterprising. To some being enterprising can be equated to the love of money and it’s pitfalls (1 Tim 6:10). Others see it as being overtly worldly. Yet, far from it, being enterprising is clearly an avenue God has given believers to raise resources for their well-being and promotion of the rich Gospel.

    The Bible is full of enterprising characters who were used mightily of God. Abraham was apparently a good rancher that he “become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold” (Gen 13:2). Job was hated by Satan who sought to destroy him because “He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area” (Job 1:3).

    The Lord Jesus Christ was born and raised in the house of Joseph, the carpenter (Mathew 13:55). Carpenters do not create works of beauty to donate for free. To prosper they must run sustainable enterprises which pay taxes and make profit. The Apostle Paul would often rely on enterprising people to support him in his ministry. One of his worthy converts “was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God (Acts 16:14).

    Though Paul was a law don once he went to the mission field, other than cling to his titles by burdening his hosts he often dabbled in tent making to support himself. In Corinth he teamed up with an amazing couple, Priscilla and Aquila, and “because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them” (Acts 18:3). This couple run a successful tent making business that enabled them support mission work.

    And then of course, there is the noble woman of character, as told in Proverbs 31, who “selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings.. She sees that her trading is profitable…She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes (vv 13-25).

    When the body of believers is filled with such enterprising people it generates resources important to sustain God’s work. Further, the work of God is then supported without being dependent on sources that might compromise the mission, as sometimes we see! Be enterprising!

    Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who has given us the gift of enterprise, today I pray to use this gift to take care of my needs and support the expansion of your kingdom on earth, this I pray in Jesus’ Name.

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