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12/10/2023 All day

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depth of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” – (Psalm 139:13-16).

A low self esteem that can pull one down with pangs of inferiority complex can paralyze the lives of many! Yet in the eyes of God every one of us is special. As we see in today’s verse God knows us even before we are born and calls each one of us individually for a special role in His kingdom. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepares for us in advance(Ephesians 2:10).

The prophet Jeremiah too noted, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). Writing to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul reminds them, “But he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace” (Gal 1: 15). The inference here being that the life Paul was marked even before he was born.

King David noted that God knows every thought of ours from the beginnings. “Lord you have searched and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways” (Psalm 139:1-4). This all shows how we count in the eyes of God.

If the Almighty God knows you to the minutest detail why think of yourself less than His image of you. Today, no one should let the enemy limit you with feelings of not being the best there is. Someone who was “fearfully and wonderfully made” whom God knows all his thoughts, can’t afford to think of himself as less than any up there. Rather, you should go out with the knowledge that not only are you uniquely formed but God has a special and distinct purpose for you as His dear child!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as you created me in your image I know I am special and unique, born for a purpose, which is to conform to the image of your Son Jesus Christ, and this I pray in your Almighty 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!

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