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11/05/2022 03:00 - 12/05/2022 02:00

“How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me” (Philippians 4:10).

The early church recognized that among its members were those whom the Lord had blessed with certain unique gifts, one of which was going out to share the Good News to the “uttermost parts of the world.” The story is “in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon.. Lucius ..and Saul.  While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off” (Acts 13:1-3).

From there on started an old tradition where a church sends out some among its own to distant parts to share the Gospel. It is of course only obvious that those who go out to the mission field need resources to enable them carry on with the task. Paul once wrote to the Philippians “for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need” (Philippians 4: 16).

Sometimes though this aid was not forthcoming; but it did not mean for Paul to abandon his ministry.  He looked for means to survive. Thus he noted to the church in Thessalonica, “Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you” (1 Thessalonians 2:9).  At certain point he teamed up with a couple, Aquilla and Priscilla, “and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them” (Acts 18:3).

Just as it were then even today there are those among us whom the Lord has called to share the Good News, near and far. Some of these work in churches, para- church organizations or are out without the cover of any particular organization but solely dependent on aid from God’s people wherever they be. On occasion they send out news reports of their work. But like the Scottish missionary David Livingstone (1813-1873), who due to long absence from home was once thought dead in Africa, there are times when no news is forthcoming.

It is called upon believers to support these missionaries, as the Lord enables. This could be by sending them notes of encouragement and regularly upholding them in our personal prayers. If they happen to visit back home on sabbatical let us open up our homes for their refreshment and to receive the mutual blessings of their blessed work on the mission field.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I thank you for the work of missionaries, out on the field, and I pray to support them, as you provide, for your kingdom’s sake, 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!