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11/08/2021 03:00 - 12/08/2021 02:00

“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer” - Psalm 17:6 (NIV). 

A group of friends on a recent out of town trip just before the car pulled out of the driveway one of the passengers tapped on the driver. “Let’s pause and pray first!” Fortunately, the driver agreed and everyone in the car joined in prayer before setting off. It was a journey without incident.

Praying before an important event is always highly commendable. When Isaac was up for marriage Abraham gave his servant a task to go back to his country and get him a wife among his relatives. It was a tall order, for who just shows up among strangers and says, “hi I have been sent by my master to get a wife!”

Knowing how formidable the task was the servant did the most important of things. Once he approached the town of Nahor just before he made an advance on a certain party, “Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham” (Genesis 24:2). The Lord heard his prayers and he later returned with Rebekah.

As he was about to be arrested, Jesus, went “to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray… And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Mathew 26:36-39). The arrest would later take place; but Jesus had the strength to walk through the fire up to his crucifixion.

When once pressed down, King David prayed, “Hear me, Lord, my plea is just; listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer— it does not rise from deceitful lips. Let my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right” (Psalm 17:1-2). He knew that faced with any challenge, there was someone to turn to, one who could set the course right for him. Indeed he pleads, “Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes” (vv 7).

Today, or at any point, elsewhere, if you are just about to take on an important task, perhaps set off on a journey, have a matter about to be judged, need to secure something of value, how about pausing and taking a moment in prayer. For as the saying goes, “there is power in prayer.”

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I come to you with a prayer request that you grant me success in this matter, and that glory goes to you, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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