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03/01/2021 03:00 - 04/01/2021 02:00

“To whom much is given, much is required” - Luke 12:48 (NIV).

At one gathering of the United Methodist Church in the US in 2019 a controversial proposal to embrace LGBTQ as part of mainstream church teachings was turned down largely due to the deciding numbers of African representatives. In the February meeting the Africans voted that

“homosexuality is incompatible with the Gospel”! This was against the wishes of the majority of American Methodists, who now started to threaten secession. This decision was similar to what had happened in the US Episcopal Church where African representative had also proved to be the deciding majority.

Africans are now steering churches that once brought the gospel on the shores of Africa. The number of African missionaries to the West is on the rise, in some churches outnumbering those from any continent going into other lands. Prior, in many places it used to be that the face of missionaries was a white savior but that complexion is these days becoming browner.

For the African missionary this is both humbling and yet also convicting. This new mantle means Africans must continually ask themselves what it means to be the ones holding up the global Church of Jesus Christ. There is a need for daily prayer for those African missionaries in the West and other lands.

One important area is raising support for missionaries. Africa is still the poorest continent and in many ways dependent on aid from more powerful nations, some which are openly atheistic, like China. He who pays the piper calls the tune. Sometime where the African church has come out strong on certain issues because of being dependent on foreign donation, certain congregations in the West have made it clear they would not allow to be dictated to those who are dependent on their purse.

If the church in Africa becomes the ultimate defender of the Gospel, she will need to become independent by developing her resources through good governance. Let us all who long for Africa to take lead in global affairs affecting the church pray for her economic development and good governance such that the continent can be a blessing to other regions of the world.

Prayer for today Lord Father God of Abraham, today I pray in the loving name of Jesus Christ, that you uphold the church in Africa, to develop and be a blessing to the rest of the world!

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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!