"For I know the plans.I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" - Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV).
A person resigns a job with no clear alternative. Then just a few days later a friend alerts him of a vacancy in another agency, where upon applying he is immediately taken up. While it is not an everyday common situation for someone who is just out of a job to be offered an even better offer elsewhere, it does happen. One reason could be that the person is so highly skilled and hence the demand. But there is also the fact that the Almighty God is looking out for His own.
Deuteronomy 31:8 says, "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” This is what Joshua was told after he took up a commission to succeed Moses. Certainly in the wars that followed Joshua would experience great victories- and because God had gone ahead of him! At one point he took on five kings at ago, and brought all down with less numbers. "The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you" (Joshua 10:8).
This is our joy and comfort that as believers we have the Almighty God who has not just paved the way for us, but goes ahead of us. One could have a complicated situation such as loosing a job without an idea what to happen next. But then the Lord says, "I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name" (Isiah 42:3-5).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I surrender to you all my needs and desires, assured that in all situations you have a good plan for me and have gone ahead of me, 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!