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18/05/2021 03:00 - 19/05/2021 02:00

“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers” - Proverbs 6: 16-19 (NIV).

In recent days headline stories have pointed out a perennial but most disturbing evil going on in our land of Uganda. One gentleman based in Kayunga District, Uganda, was apprehended for sacrificing two of his own children apparently because a rich man had promised him a huge reward. The rich man wants to put up some commercial buildings in town and he needs this antidote.

Then in another story, the leading Ugandan daily, New Vision, reported the arrest of a man who had once given an interview to the BBC boasting of how he was thriving from child trafficking. In one interview he demanded over $12,000 for the head of a child.

Let’s not forget that a few months back, there was a chap who was nabbed at no other place than the parliamentary buildings of Uganda, apparently moving to the office of the Speaker of the House with a trophy head of a child. That case seems to have lost its steam as other more pressing matters took center stage.

A number of things we can glean here. That child ritual sacrifice is taking place around us, who can doubt!  That there are people who are bereft of love to the point of sacrificing even their own children is quite saddening. But what is also clear is that the perpetrators of this ghastly deed, are largely motivated by greed and love for power. Isn’t this why scripture says, “For the love of money is the root of all evil..” (1 Timothy 6:10).

The shedding of innocent blood is one of the evils God clearly warns His people and with consequences. “‘Cursed be anyone who takes a bribe to shed innocent blood.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen” (Deuteronomy 27:25). Let us never forget to pray against this barbaric evil around us, for the protection of innocent children and not to suffer the curse that comes upon any land involved in the shedding of innocent blood, for whatever reasons.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for the protection of innocent children from ritual child sacrifices and that you save our land from the curse that comes from engaging in ritual murders, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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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!

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