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12/10/2022 03:00 - 13/10/2022 02:00

"For with God nothing will be impossible" - Luke 1:37 (NIV). 

Even as far back as the time of Abraham it was clear to all that women have a certain child bearing age age bracket, before menopause kicks in. Married to a nomadic herdsmen this couple of Abraham and Sarah had waited and pleaded for a child but in apparent vain.

Then late one day a message came from an angel of the Lord. "Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” (Gen 18:10-12).

Don't be hard on Sarah, folks! Haven't we all faced those apparently impossible and grim situations where everyone had given up on us. Remember that time when it all looked game up. But then with the Lord nothing is impossible! Sarah's laughter of doubt would end up in a long laughter of joy. "Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. (Gen 21:1-2).

Here is the revealation. The one who had started out with a laughter of derision had now some chewing. Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age" (vv 7-8).

Today you may be faced with such a situation of a formidable nature that whenever you think of it there is a certain laughter of doubt that teases you. But never mind. One day, not very long, the Lord will burst your heart with a laud laughter none can behold nor ever imagine.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven, whatever seemingly impossible situations I am faced with I know with you all things are possible and you will bring a laughter of victory, as you did for Sarah in old age, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    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.

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    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.
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    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!

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