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15/09/2021 03:00 - 16/09/2021 02:00

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing” – Hebrews 13:2 (NIV). 

There is a true story worth telling. Somewhere in July 1998, William Lindsay of Las Vegas, US decided he should bequeath some of his fortune to a welcoming Scottish institution of higher learning. He run through the directory and abruptly called one university.

“I have a donation to make,” he shared. Taking him for a crank, the receptionist dismissed him. “We don’t  waste time on jokers.” The phone went dead.

Disappointed, he called another university- the University of Glasgow. The receptionists there received him warmly and invited him for a visit. In March 2000 the University of Glasgow received a check worth 1.2 million pounds from William Lindsay.

You never know whom you meet or take a call from!  Sometimes this is the case when people visit our church fellowships too. We ignore them more so based on their attire or speech. Discouraged, they move to other fellowship (or faith) where they bless those they find.

Always be nice to strangers. You never know whom the Lord has sent to visit with you!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that I am always sensitive to your angels who come to visit sometimes in unexpected ways, and I may be nice to all people for you never know, this I pray in Jesus’s 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!