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23/09/2021 03:00 - 24/09/2021 02:00

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself” – 1 Cor 6:19 (NIV). 

Almost all of us know when something is yours and of value you take good care of it. Among cattle keepers one of their most precious possessions is of course a cow and given maximum attention. There are art collectors in the world who pay prime prices to acquire art works that they keep in safe custody because they know they will appreciate in value. A local Luganda saying goes, “Ekye’beeyi kya’ beeyi!” Loosely translated, “what is of value is of value!”

Now one of the most valued object anyone can think of is our bodies. Of course the importance of any body is quickly grasped when any falls sick. Most of us will go at great lengths to treat our bodies back to full health.

It is in this regard that anyone of us does well to look after his body well. It is lack of good stewardship when something that has been given to you and of value you treat it so carelessly. “Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture” (Psalm 100:3).

Unfortunately, we tend to exhibit the contrary. This we see, when among others, we deny our bodies of the right nutrition or at the very opposite, feed ourselves carelessly all manner of excess, like addictive drugs and intoxicating beverages, which ultimately ruin our health. When one fails to exercise his body it is starved of the power to remain vital. Failing to practice good hygiene by living shabbily invites in all manner of disease. In brief we are being bad stewards.

To treat our bodies right is to honor God. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death” (Philippians 1:20). When we treat our bodies right then we glorify the God who created us. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” (Romans 12:1).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of creation, you have given me a beautiful body, which is your image, and so I pray to give it proper care, watching what I eat, exercise regularly, practice good hygiene, take proper rest, to live joyfully in abundant health and be all the more effective in serving you, 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!

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