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30/11/2021 03:00 - 01/12/2021 02:00

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control”- 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-35) is always a good reminder of stretching our faith and taking a risk for Christ. After being stripped of his clothes and left for dead, a man lay on the roadside. In quick succession a priest and a Levite scholar passed him as he fought for his life. Then alas came a Samaritan who quickly dropped off his donkey and attended to the bruised man. He went ahead to take him to the hospital and pay all his bills.

How often are we in position where we are challenged to take a risk for Christ because of our faith in him? Many times we take a pass - concerned over our safety. Risking our faith for Christ is challenging of course and may involve certain sacrifice. Like one gentleman who drove into an accident scene where a car that had just knocked down a little girl had sped off. The girl was fighting for her life. No one was willing to take care of her for fear of being bogged down. Though the gentleman was behind schedule he stopped, pulled the bruised girl in his car, and took her to the nearby hospital. There she was nursed back to health.

Our faith will always be tested. And it is in such moments, when ordinary people just walk by, that true Christians rise to the occasion and show to the world our faith in him!

Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray that I never lose sight of the fact that my faith will be tested and then I must take a risk for you!

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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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