Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Friday, July 24, 2020

Theme: THE ESSENCE OF WORSHIP

Text: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” – Ephesians 6:18.

Comment: Prayer is the solemn act of worship consisting of giving honour coupled with thanks to God for His providence and request or solemn petition to Him for our needs that are in accordance with His will.  It is a medium of communication with our Creator that underlines man’s dependence on God. 

The Bible says we should “Pray without ceasing”. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) We should pay heed to this admonition. Our Lord, during his days on earth, gave the parable of a Judge, “which feared not God, neither regarded man” who refused to attend to the petitions of a widow who wanted him to help her to secure justice. “And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.” The lesson in the parable therefore is that if the “unjust judge” could still attend to the widow due to her persistence, then certainly God Almighty will not fail to answer His children “which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them”. Certainly, He “will avenge them speedily”. We should however pray to God to increase our faith which is a precondition for our prayers to be answered. – Luke 18:1-8.