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22/06/2023 - 23/06/2023 All day

"I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one” (Ezekiel 22:30)

The Bible is full of inspirational stories from which we can draw many useful lessons of God’s plan for individuals and nations.  One area of concern is whether as individuals, in our prayers, we should confess the sins of others, including of nations, beyond minding ourselves.
An answer can be found in the story of Eli, a godly man, who while he was a faithful servant of God, due to the sins of his sons, his household suffered consequences affecting even the innocent. “At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God and he failed to restrain them” ( I Samuel 3:12-13).
In a subsequent battle with the Philistines, Israel would lose woefully, with both sons of Eli killed. Eli and his daughter in law, died upon hearing these devastating news, with the ark of God also taken along ( I Samuel 4: 12-21).

So, as we see it was not just about Eli minding about his spiritual wellbeing, of which we do not find him at fault; his responsibility extended to his household and ultimately the nation of Israel.

Moved over the fate of Israel, before Nehemiah, set out to rebuild the fallen wall of Jerusalem, he started by pleading to God to save Israel, by repenting the sins of his family and Israel as well. “I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses” (Nehemiah 1:6-7). The Lord was with Nehemiah who went on to accomplish a formidable task.

After King Nebuchadnezzar had thrown Daniel into a den of hungry lions, he was saved because he was blameless in the Lord’s sight ( Daniel 6:22). Though Daniel was blameless once he was touched by the desolation of Jerusalem, he took upon himself to cry for her salvation. “Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws” ( 1 Daniel 9: 4-5).

Lately, there is a lot going on around the nation of Uganda: reckless murders, ghastly accidents, the spilling of Innoncent blood! Today, if the Lord has put on you a burden for your nation, you too can decide to stand in the gap, plead for her salvation, and you can starting by confessing her sins, just as it were.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I come to you humbly, in repentance of my sins and the nation I belong to, praying that you may save it from ruin because of our wickedness and we may experience a shower of blessings, because of your love and mercy, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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  • 02/03/2024 - 03/03/2024 All day

    “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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