“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil” ( Psalm 37:8)
It’s a common everyday experience. Any who tries to boil water in a pan knows that at a certain point the pressure would just tear up the lid to burst open. Such a case is not only limited to boiling water in a pan- also human beings when they suck in a lot and don’t let it out can reach a point of explosion and force the lid to burst open. This could be a situation of anger all bottled up that burst through the seams.
Hence, counselors would ordinarily urge us if we are angry over a certain matter to go and talk it over. It’s a good therapy that the Bible also offers: “And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry” (Ephesians 4:26). Of course who has not had that bad night of restlessness simply because there was a matter eating one up yet it could all be laid to rest by talking over with whoever is upsetting one!
Cain killed his brother Abel because he let anger consume him ( Gen 4:8). Anger is one of those tools the enemy can use to ultimately cause us ruin as happened to Cain, and which we must be watchful.
Today, if there is a matter oppressing you, do not suck it in to a boiling point. First, God has given us a way out to come to him for “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” ( 1 John 5:14). God also desires reconciliation with his children, for he says, “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you” ( John 17:21).
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where there is any situation in my life troubling me to a point of anger I surrender it to you for the freedom and peace that flows from you instead of oppressing anger, 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!