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13/01/2024 - 14/01/2024 All day

“pray without ceasing”   ( I Thessalonians 5:17)
 

Have you ever wonderd what happens when we pray! This might seem a silly question to some, yet there are many who wonder if our prayers are chants into a vacuum. Although there are overwhelming examples through the Bible where prayers are answered we still can here cite a particular case of Daniel, who brought a desperate matter to God in prayer. When through a revelation Daniel realized that Jerusalem would suffer desolation for seventy years, he pleaded to God in prayer. “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy”           ( Daniel 9: 19-18).

What happened thereafter is revealing:  “while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed”        ( vv 21-23). Do you notice that once Daniel started praying “word went out!” The appearance of Gabriel as an answer to his distress was because of prayer.

Now, imagine, Daniel in his distress had chosen not to pray- would angel Gabriel have appeared to give him an answer? Certainly prayer is what activated the response Daniel got.

A clear message here is that our prayers do not go out in a vacuum. There is whole host of angels who are waiting on them for action. When Daniel prayed “word went out” which means once you too pray there are angels eager and quick to come to your rescue, as God leads!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, when we pray our prayers do not go into a vacuum but you receive them for action as you will, and may this encourage us to persist and believe in the power of prayer, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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