Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Thursday, July 23, 2020


Text: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-3.

Comment:  The Bible is replete with exhortations to prayers.  Our Lord and master, Jesus Christ encouraged the people of God to form the habit of praying and waiting on the Lord. He gave a parable to the end “that men ought always to pray, and not to faint”. (Luke 18:1-8)  We must be sober and watch and unto prayer because the Devil and his agents are after the people of God. David declared: “Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD. They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me …” (Psalm 59:2-5)  Constant communication by way of prayers to God through our Saviour Jesus Christ is one of the pre-conditions for being a Christian.  St. Paul Stated: “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.” (2 Corinthians 3:5) It could therefore be understood why David the prophet declared: “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me…” – Psalm 55:17, 18.

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