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30/06/2023 - 01/07/2023 All day

so is my word that goes out from my mouth:It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” ( Isaiah 55:11)

Praying through scripture is certainly one of the most effective ways to get to the throne of God. Throughout the Old and New Testaments, we find instances of God’s people “praying the Word” by quoting Scripture in their prayers. The reason is simple, by praying through scriptures, one is using the exact words of the one you are pleading to. That makes a difference.

For example, after Peter and John were miraculously released from jail along with believers “they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them” ( Acts 4:24). Here they used a text from Psalm 146:6; “He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever.” Even Jesus himself prayed using the Psalms: His dying prayer on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” is found in Psalm 22:1

There are many beautiful passages throughout the Bibe that can speak to any of our respective situations. For like David who prayed, “Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree, Sovereign Lord, is for a mere human” ( 2 Samuel 7:18-19), this prayer can be applied directly to any life. Just as the Lord spoke to Joshua, “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you” ( Deuturonomy 31:8), one can pray for the same in any situation.

Today, just like believers through the ages, find scriptures that speak to your situation, and take advantage to pray through the Word of God!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you have given us your word so that through it we can experience more of your goodness, and may I cover myself with your Word which “does not return to me empty” this I pray in Jesus’s name!

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  • 16/07/2024 - 17/07/2024 All day

    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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