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03/10/2022 03:00 - 04/10/2022 02:00

"You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.." - Psalm 30:11 (NIV). 

Here is a quagmire. You have this burden you take to the Lord persistently. There you pour out all your heart, as you leap out anxious cries. At what point do you stop crying and start praising God?

Once there was a barren woman called Hannah in no less than grim circumstances. We know, "Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?” (I Samuel 1:7-8). Then one day something happened. Eli, the priest took note of her sad situation, heard her prayer and then said, "Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him" (vv 17).

Nodding to the priest, "She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast" (vv 18). From that point on there is no record of Hannah weeping anymore.

Hannah took the word from the Lord for granted and her outlook completely changed. One chapter of weeping had passed to one of praise. And that was a key to her eventual success. For, "in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him" (vv 20).

Your situation could be no more different. You have carried this burden in you heart that has long made you restless, filled with heartaches. Day and night you weep for that cherished answer. Then one day in your deep of hearts you hear the Lord say, "Go in peace, your request has been answered!" Would you weep anymore!

The time for praise has come. Stop weeping and start praising. For the Lord has answered your prayers!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I know my sorrows are no more, for you have heard my requests and answered me, so I now rise in praise of you, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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