“If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up” – (Ecclesiastes 4:10).
In the olden days among the Baganda two close individuals to seal their comradeship would take a vow by incising each other’s umbilical cord, then smear blood on a coffee berry, chew it, while swearing eternal friendship- okutta omukago! Such friendships could be used for valiant acts like defending one even at the cost of life.
In the Bible we find one such sweet friendship which two individuals also swore. Shortly after David slew Goliath, he was brought before King Saul by his General, Abner (1 Sam 17:57). There he met the king’s son, Jonathan, who became united to David in a deep and abiding friendship. “The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul…Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt” (I Sam 18:1-4).
Unfortunately David would lose his great friend in battle ( I Sam 31:2). Later David sang a lament in which he said of his friend, “I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant have you been to me; your love to me was extraordinary, surpassing the love of women” (2 Sam 1:26).
Friendships is one of the blessings God has given us to enjoy. Friends are important for encouragement and consolation in difficulty among others. They can bring joy to our lives, laughter, and fulfillment and cheer us on through challenges. As the saying goes, “a friend in need is a friend indeed!”
Today let us be thankful for friends. Like David, there are friends God has planted in our lives for a divine purpose. Jonathan encouraged and showered up David’s confidence at a low time when he was being pursued by King Saul. “And Jonathan said, “Far be it from you! If I knew that it was determined by my father that harm should come to you, would I not tell you?” (I Sam 20:9). Who does not need such a friend?
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as you have blessed us with the gift of friendships here on earth, I pray I may find such friendships to strengthen my faith and serve you to your glory, 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!