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06/01/2023 - 07/01/2023 All day

As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life"  (Romans 1:17)

When the Lord called Moses to go back to Egypt and liberate his people from their bondage he would be visited with countless miracles. When he went down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and he threw down his stuff which became a snake, "Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts:  Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs"             (Exodus 7:11-12).

That was the start. From there on the Lord would reveal himself through a series of miracles. First, there was the plague of frogs, then the plague of flies and came the plague of gnats (Exodus 8). These would be followed by the plague on livestock, the plague of boils and plague of hail, the plague of darkness and more (Exodus 9). Still hardened, to humble Pharaoh but also reveal his decisive power, came the plague on the first born (Exodus 11) forcing him to finally relent. And when he still resisted came the final blow when his troops in hot pursuit all drowned under the Red sea as Moses led his people safely away (Exodus 15).

If there was a man who had seen God 's hand of power it was Moses. But at Meribah Moses showed some doubts. When he was asked to strike a rock for water to gush out and quench the thirst of his restless people, yet for some reason, he hit twice, leading the Lord to rebuke him: “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them".                 (Numbers 20:12).

Just as it were any of us could have witnessed countless miracles in our lives. But like Moses we dare doubt God, inspite of all we have seen. God is certainly not pleased when after all He has done for us, we are still doubtful of His power.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as you have revealed yourself in my life through countless miracles, I move with faith knowing you are the same God today, yesterday and forever, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray in the wonderful name of Jesus that the hope I have in you lifts me up and sustains me in all situations as a conquer, in whose name I pray.