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13/12/2020 All day

“But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches by glory in Christ Jesus” - Phil 4:19 (NIV)

Much as the early generations of believers preached a gospel of don’ts; today, apparently we have moved to gospel of haves. Back in the day to be a believer was to deny oneself all the worldly things - but now the mark of a believer has often been characterized with acquisitions of stuff. The more one has and flaunts wealth the greater the indication of God’s work in his life.

There is a problem here though. What happens then to those believers who are going through trials for purposes of building up their character! Must our relationship with God be judged on material acquisitions?

There is no point in disputing that ours is a giving God! He has chosen whom to bless and many are those. But God in his wisdom and design has also chosen to withhold certain wants from some of us because there are other blessings He cares for most. These may be intended to build us up and bring one closer to Him, which is the more important thing.

Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray that I know my relationship is not dependent on mere having but on knowing you!

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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!