“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” - Isaiah 40:31 (NIV).
Superheroes are a staple of the entertainment industry. Through popular archetypical characters like Batman we are usually feasted to larger than life figures with irrepressible energy. Almost every child who has been treated to such movies like Spiderman can imagine himself endowed too with those flying powers quite immune to any danger.
The real life is though different. Unlike the superheroes of our movies no one has such boundless energy we are so easily entertained with. Even the most amazing athletes like Usain Bolt eventually tire and hung in their shoes, or just fade away, their bodies much weakened, as we saw of the once great Muhammad Ali who loved to praise himself as "the greatest!" There is no real life as such which is ever on the high.
In life we grow tired, fall sick and often feel weak. Even for Christ who took on our very human nature we know that just before he was crucified he too was terrified. In fact, “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: 39). Yes, even for Christ there was that low moment where he had to fall on his knees and seek strength from above!
Sometimes we find those in life who act like superheroes, behaving as if they are immune to normal challenges that make any life weak. They will never confess of their weakness and might even feel ashamed to feel down and low. But life is not a movie; in the fallen world we live in, there are those low moments any can experience. And as was with Christ, where we too experience such low moments let us look up to God to strengthen us.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, in those moments where I am low and weak, I turn and look up to you, to give me all the strength I need for victory, 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!