Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Saturday, February 8, 2020

Theme: PRAYING AND WAITING ON THE LORD ALWAYS

Text: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6,7.

Comment: The Bible describes the world as a difficult place, full of obstacles and that man is born into trouble. (Job 5:6, 7; 14:1) And St. Paul tells us that in the last days there would be perils in the world in that “men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away”. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)  In the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, this is a time of distress with perplexity when men’s hearts would be “failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth”. (Luke 21:25, 26)  These troubles and distresses which are at the instance of the devil mean that people have a lot to worry and to be sorrowful about in this age. The admonition for today however is that we should not be carried away by the weight of the burdens we face. We should take them to God in prayer, believing that He is capable of solving them. Prayer quells or subdues anxiety and restores to one peace of mind. This is so because by praying, one recognises one’s weakness and, shortcomings and thus reposes utter confidence in God Who is able to do all things. – Luke 1:37.