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04/05/2023 - 05/05/2023 All day

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective”  ( James 5:16)

The prayer life of Jesus teaches us a lot about what is the most important key in our lives for a victorious life. We notice, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed”  (Mark 1:35). Of course since Jesus had taken up the human body there must have been times when all seemed like a chore. But then he knew the most important gateway to any day had to start by talking to his father in heaven.

In another instance we also notice that while Jesus aware of the road of tribulations ahead, couldn’t help but go out to pray, it did not come so easily to his disciples. “Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” ( Mathew 26: 40-41). In fact, after leaving and getting back, “he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing”       ( vv 43-44).

Now, these disciples were men who had walked with Jesus and knew a thing or so about the power of prayer. But here they were struggling. “Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? ..” (vv 45).

Like them, we too can struggle in our prayer life. Maybe on some days there is no need for prompting, but there could also be those slow days. Prayer takes effort and will. Jesus had all that; and we could do well to model our lives on his prayer life!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, victory starts with prayer and where sometimes the body is weak, may your spirit sustain me in prayer, to lead a victorious life in you, 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!

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