“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” – (1 John 5:14).
Have you heard of something called the lottery curse! It goes like this. A couple that is leading a normal quiet life buys a lottery number and of course, like all, prays feverishly to win the jackpot. As fortune would have it their prayers are answered and theirs is that lucky gold number. Once announced the couple celebrates before cameras splashing champagne. They soon go out on a world tour cruise, enjoy a shopping spree, refreshing themselves in idyllic castles. Life seems so good. But few years down the road the couple has divorced and now struggling with a mountain of debts.
This is what happened to Adrian and Gillian Bayford after winning Euro 148 million from a National lottery. Extra marital affairs and health problems from overweight soon followed. Most of us imagine that all lottery winners live happily ever after, but that simply isn’t the reality for a lot of them. An answer to prayer often leads to ruins.
So, here’s the issue: in our prayers do we ask for the “Lord’s will” or “my will”! When the Lord’ gave us his prayer he taught us to pray not so much as we wish but in accordance to His will. “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Mat 6:9-10). We might wish anything but probably that is not the best for us; as we see the fate of many of our lottery winners. Always pray for the Lord’s will to be done in your life!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, naker of heaven and earth, as you taught us ti pray according to your will, I submit all my request to you paying to bless me in accordance with your will, this I pray in Jesus’s name!
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!