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21/03/2023 - 22/03/2023 All day

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”- (1 John 9).

 

One thing that tends to characterize the people God has used is they tend to have a past. Abraham the father of nations slept with his maid in an act of desperateness (Genesis 16). Moses the liberator of Israeli was once a run away murderer ( Exodus 2:14). The Apostle Peter denied the Lord three times ( Luke 22:54-62).  Before he converted, the Apostle Paul relished in the persecution of the church.

Although all these, and countless other saints had a past, quite not so romantic, yet the Lord used them mightily to further His work. This is an important point to grasp. Quite often we find those who looking back at their past may feel not up to the task of serving the Lord because of that dark past. Guilt has overtaken them and they feel chained down.

Sometimes there are also those who pause and compare themselves to some holy figure in their surroundings. Standing in their shadows they feel hum strung, for they cannot match up to the saintly figure before them. Worse, still, there are situations where those who knows of one’s past are quick and eager to bring it up, as a stumbling block.

Looking at the past of those God has used it should be an encouragement to all of us, that any can play a meaningful role in the Lord’s kingdom. The scripture are quite emphatic, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…” ( Romans 8:1). Guilt over some past and feeling inadequate is one of the tricks of Satan to paralyze believers in their individual callings. Every believer, who has confessed his past to the Lord is forgiven and ready to be of much use, regardless.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I thank you that through your son Jesus Christ you have forgiven me and can use me as you will to further your kingdom without alluding to my past, 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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