And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
-After Jesus fed the 5000, He went to the mountain to pray & the disciples were on their way to Bethsaida when strong winds almost toppled their boat. They did not realise that Jesus was in the winds & among them as they struggled, they thought it was a ghost. In the same way, we could be facing many strong winds & storms in our lives but we should always remember that Christ in walking by our capsizing boat. He is always with us for He will never leave us nor forsake sake us. Let us hold fast our faith in prayer for He is faithful & will save us from our troubles.
-Prayer can be classified into four main parts, that is; adoration, confession, supplication & thanksgiving. When praying we should always remember that God uses us to impact the world since we have been made in His image & likeness & have dominion over the earth. This is precisely because we have a body which makes us legal on earth. In the same wavelength, Christ had to come down to earth in a human body to accomplish His divine assignment of saving all mankind from sin. Just like the temple which king Solomon build which was called by Gods name; we obtain our name Christians from Christ, the head of the church in whom we are all joined. He intercedes for us together with the Holy Spirit to our Father in line with His will. As we all know, in prayer the will of the Father is critical for we sometimes ask amiss & our requests are not granted. Apostle Paul discloses that Gods will is giving thanks always despite what we might be going through. Further, Confidence & humility are key when presenting our petitions to God. These give us faith that He will accomplish our requests according to His word. We are reminded to pray without ceasing that when we ask we may receive, when we seek we may find & when we knock it will be opened for us. Lastly, we should remember that we are His sons, He loves us & nothing can separate us from His love, that whatever we ask in His name, He will accomplish.
Our Father, full of compassion & love, have mercy on us & our country. Lead us in our choices as we prepare to elect political leaders. May they govern our nation in Your wisdom, truth & justice. May peace, love & unity dwell in our community that Your justice may be our shield & defender. By Your divine power make every crooked path straight in our nation. We thank You & worship You, now & forever. Amen
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