“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” - Luke 10:19 (NIV).
Just as in desert Israel, there is an abundance of dangerous snakes in Africa. Lying low and wiggling itself along the ground a snake can easily be missed for its silhouette colors. Snakes are not known to move with fanfare; they roll sneakily somewhere, unseen, where once settled, they sharpen their fangs, before delving on the unsuspecting victim. A snake venom quickly attacks the central nervous system and unless immediately arrested can easily cause respiratory failure and subsequent death.
In the Bible we first become aware of a snake where it is depicted as “more crafty than any of the wild animals” (Genesis 3:1); ultimately, seducing Eve to cause the fall of Adam. The consequence of that was a curse which is well reflected even today. “ So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life” (vv 14).
Now although mankind was sworn to eternal enmity with the serpent; they have survived to this day, where they remain as much of a danger. In life we often find two types of snakes: first, those sleazy creatures crawling on their bellies with devastating fangs. Then there are also people who carry the very traits of serpents. These penetrate among us unsuspectingly without much fanfare, take on the colors of their surrounding, and can easily be passed, only one day to attack and bring down their victims.
We should be alert to these snakes, for the danger they pose. There are certain ways one can protect themselves from snakes such as removal of wild bush in our surroundings and being ever on the lookout. As Christians we need also to remove those bushes that can give cover for snakes to penetrate among us. Snakes fear fire and long before used to be chased with smoke. Likewise, a life diminished of the fire of the Lord, opens itself to the guise and ultimate devastating attack of a snake.
However, one of the most beautiful things about being a Christ follower is that believers have been given power over snakes. There can be snakes constantly attacking us in multiple ways: from financial distress to physical challenges. For all the snakes around us let us walk with confidence knowing that authority has been left to us “to trample on snakes and scorpions” and we should fear no harm.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, for any snakes arraigned against me I trample over them, through faith and in the power of the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!
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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!