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28/11/2023 - 29/11/2023 All day

“Go therefore and make disciples” – (Mat 28:19-20).

The Bible is full of many strong brotherly working relationships, like of Moses and Aron who partnered to liberate the Jews from Egyptian domination, or of David and Jonathan, who were united in a bond against Saul’s oppressive power. Yet there is also a special relationship that bore much fruit and certainly the basis of our Christian faith. It is that of the Apostle Paul and his disciple Timothy.

Paul first met Timothy during one of his missionary journey in a place called Lystra (Acts 16: 1-3). Unlike him who came from the high circles of his society, Timothy was of mixed parents born of a Jewish mother and a Greek father. In spite of this difference in background Paul was quickly endeared to the young convert whom he now mentored.

Paul spent hours equipping Timothy with the power of the word of God (Acts 17:4). He was an encourager and counsellor to the young believer, passing on all his wisdom to his curious mind. He saw this young brother as a fellow worker in ministry (1 Thes 3:2). The Apostle Paul who did not have a son apparently adopted Timothy as his own (Phil 2:19), filling a hole he might have had for that lack.

Paul was a blessing to Timothy; much as Timothy was to him. They all mutually blessed each other in a way. Like both, here, any of us with something of value to offer, ought to have a Timothy in his life. It could be an adopted son or daughter in faith. The blessings will be on both sides.

By mentoring Timothy it ensured the ministry of Paul outlived him. While we might not be aware of the one whom Timothy mentored too, he must also have had someone later. This we need emphasize. God brings into the lives of every believer a Timothy except that some of us don’t realize it. Look around you there could be a Timothy waiting for you in the wings to disciple and mentor. Go ahead and take the young disciple on. You would be surprised how you are both blessed by this ministry.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I thank you for those whom you have placed in my life to disciple and mentor for the growth of their faith, who in turn can bless others, and may I not neglect this powerful role, 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.

    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!

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