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Tripartite purpose of prayers

Simply put every meaningful prayer serves a tripartite purpose that encompasses yesterday, today and tomorrow (future). In other words, all wholesome prayers are expected to start taking stock of past deeds and occurrences, what today is and casting a look at what is being projected for the future. God had endowed us with a sense that can identify the good and the bad behavior. When we do good, it gladdens our heart and when we act negatively our conscience will not fail to alert us . However, some have seared their conscience to an extent that they can even swear on their conscience that is “playing the good” for them to stick to.

For taking stock of yesterday, is our recognition of the need to thank the Lord for his protection and other blessings received personally, by one’s family, the Church family and the community at large. There are so many avenues open to all human beings towards acting against the holy will of God. These include gossips, ungodly jokes about individuals, both direct stealing and stealing by stealth, lasciviousness, adultery, fornication, forgery, even, ungodly anger and many more. As for the present (nowadays), it behoves us as Christians to ask for God’s direction to be able to do things aright. This includes the act of consulting or meeting with God everyday so that daily plan would be able to align with the holy will of God. We have seen that what was experienced in the past and what is being encountered presently can make or mar the future if we fail to anchor our faith in Christ. Job presented us with a classical example of how to faithfully not allow the past to destroy the future because what is to be belongs to our creator. Job did what was practically possible to satisfy or please God but see what befell him. It was a double trouble of tragedy which went to a dimension that man can never think of. To ordinary people, they would agree to curse God when Job was asked to curse his creator and die because the pain and anguish had become totally unbearable in man’s thinking. He accepted both the positive and the negative to buoy up his faith in God and his endurance paid off. He was blessed so much that the “new” Job was richer and possessed more than ever before.

In physical management strategy, people or companies have to plan in terms of short, medium and long range development. Planning recognizes doing first thing first if success is to be accomplished and maximally too. In this case, there should be definite individual and corporate dos and don’ts that will ensure not working without policy guidelines. Permit me to liken prayers to planning and forecasting for personal strategy, aiming at working for specific goals. In a prayer life, there are what to place at the front burner or are immediate like ones daily bread and how to stock the pantry for things needed at various times in future. This consists of “what to do list” for today and thereafter. By prayer and supplications for future needs, the divine workbook or constitution for living well is – The Bible.

Lawyers or Attorneys have to consult a whole library of books in the discharge of their professional duties while Christians have their own code or conduct or their own constitution divinely inspired, written and never goes obsolete or revised from time to time, like mundane code of conducts.

Deviation from what the bible prescribes can constitute sins for all times, just like murder or homicide in the case of Cain and Abel remains homicide even in today’s reckoning. Jesus granted the adulterous woman remission of sin, after all things were considered, Today, judges would always consider many factors before giving the verdict of guilty or not guilty, and occasional discharge for want of enough evidence. Prayers to God through his son our Savior Jesus Christ enable us build up our morals and fortify ourselves against the wiles of the enemies of Christian faith. As for our life and times , prayer is our rod, shield and strength that will continue to comfort us in Jesus most holy name.

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Contentment is life saving

Contentment is based on the fear of the Lord. Proverb 19:23 “The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that has it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil” (KJV) whereas the (NLT) version states “Fear of the Lord leads to life bringing security and protection from harm” It is thus clear that the secret of contentment lies in having to bear good and bad situations without being overjoyous during good times, or despondent because of bad times in life. To my mind, contentment is an equalizer to the swinging pendulum of life. It allows humanity to focus on valuable ends rather than sulking, withdrawing from reality and allowing fear to dominate  ones life.

A contented man is not he who is completely enjoying without facing any odds in life. The focus of a true believer in Christ is in that man or woman of faith who exercises his faith in Christ as his or her redeemer. Nobody can claim to be sinless for the bible tells us “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”Roman 3:23 (NKJV) In Deuteronomy 8:18, it is written “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth….” The high point here is the important situation of obeying the will of God whether favorable or not. When one has developed total dependence on God through Christ, it will be easy to find contentment or solace in HIM . God will not abandon anyone who honors Him, no matter what.

A believer who sins will always be forgiven if he or she would penitently ask for forgiveness. Without self-conceit one is free to ask for forgiveness and to be re-enabled to endure trying moments. A wealthy man with contentment will understand that it was God that gave him the wherewithal to make wealth. If he realizes this fact, he should be prepared to listen to the petition of his employee and put things right if he is guiltless.  The petition of the employee or subordinate should not be considered  as insult, rather  the matter must be investigated or analysed to see the reason why matters went that way. He would never  contemplate usurping other people’s property or right. In sickness and in good health, and in life’s vicissitudes, he would praise God. The bible taught us to pray without ceasing, more so in times of intimidation, oppression, backbiting and many more to be able to maintain our equanimity or contentment.

God changes not and Jesus is there to intercede for all especially for those who love the  Lord. In Philippians 4: 11-12, Paul gave his recipe for contentment thus, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learnt both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” Paul topped the thought on contentment that saw him surviving in spite all the sufferings that he went through “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain  we carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into  foolish and harmful lust which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1Timothy 6: 6-10 (NKJV)