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02/06/2021 03:00 - 03/06/2021 02:00

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” - Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV).

In one of the bestselling book in recent times, The Purpose Driven Life, author and Pastor Rick Warren, tackles the questions that challenge many of us. The book explores three most important questions anyone can face: The Question of Existence: Why am I alive? The Question of Significance: Does my life matter? The Question of Purpose: What on earth am I here for?”

Rick settles these questions by pointing out, “Nothing matters more than knowing God‘s purposes for your life, and nothing can compensate for not knowing them — not success, wealth, fame, or pleasure. Without a purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason. Without a purpose, life is trivial, petty, and pointless.”

Many people can relate to all that. Even after achieving glittering success many find they are empty. In their desperateness they grip at anything - hoping each change will settle the confusion or fill the emptiness in the heart. They can use their money to raise up castles hoping this will bring some fulfillment only to be disappointed. Some embrace a craving long desired.  Yet, the fact is, “Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.”

Finding purpose in life starts when one concedes that we are created in the image of God for his purposes. As God spoke to the prophet Jeremiah, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” ( Jeremiah 1:5). God has a purpose for every life, though the enemy, Satan, is ever trying to tear any of us from that purpose. Yet, short of that, one’s life is like Cain, “a restless wanderer on the earth” ( Genesis 4:12). Today, find that purpose by knowing God through His son, Jesus Christ, as Lord and savior.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, what a blessing it is to find that purpose of life through your son Jesus Christ, whom I gladly receive as my Lord and Savior. 

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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!

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