"Where there is no vision, the people perish..". (Proverbs 29:18)
In the subject study of management a vision is described as a "desired future". For every leader it is important they have a vision - an idea where they want to take their people. But visions are not restricted to organizations. Just as well any person is expected to have a vision where he aspires to take his life to. For no life is expected to remain still. But with a vision one aspires to lift up his life to the next level.
There is a certain misunderstanding about visions. Should a vision be realistic, one may ask. The simple answer is no. Basically a vision is a lofty dream, which seems impossible to achieve, but yet with belief and persistent action is realised. It is a lot of work, of course. But believers in Christ, should know God says: "I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?" (Jeremiah 32:27)
Then also must a vision be realised in one's lifetime. Ideally it should. However, there are cases where a vision if it does not happen then it is passed on to the next generation who make it happen. For such was the case of King David who had a vision to build a Temple for the Lord. David was unable to realise this vision in his life for various reasons, some on account of his failings, yet God let him pass it on to his son, Solomon, who realised it. (I Kings 8)
God has given every child of his a certain vision, which is burning in the heart. Not only should you aspire to achieve it but share it with those who matter. And if it so happens that you don't realise it anytime soon as long as God is in it, fear not, for it will come to pass in good time.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, thank you for the vision you have given me to change my life and take it to another level, and today I pray in due seasons, you let it pass, this I pray in Jesus' name.
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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!