“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” - John 15:13 (NIV).
A young man was desperately in love with a girl, or so he thought. But his love had actually turned into some sort of monstrous jealousy. He kept trolling her, trying to make sure she was always in his grasp and there was no chance for a rival. He always found a way to get into her phone to unlock all her secrets.
The problem with this approach was that the more the young man tried to control the young lady the more she turned her away. Eventually she withdrew from him altogether. This made the young man so desperate, and he thought of doing her harm that he had to be taken for counseling. There he was told that “if you love someone you must let them go! What is yours will always come back to you.”
Such is God’s love for us. It is not a controlling love. God’s love for us has let us free to go about anywhere we hazard, just like the prodigal son (Luke 15: 11-31). He lingers back waiting for us to return at any hour. Then His arms are all outspread for us, happy to be back home.
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray that I grow in the knowledge of your unconditional love.
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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!