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Psalm 10:4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;in all his thoughts there is no room for God. (NIV).
Whether in distress or in high jovial moods,and in all my thoughts and fantasies (sometimes,all the time) and imaginations,one thing is common. One thought will not be complete if my family does not appear in the picture. My mum (especially), my two sisters behind me and my dad.
I will test my mum’s emotions and expressions and how she would respond in all of the times. When I could have many spontaneous suicidal thoughts,when I would feel life was falling apart for me,and those times when hope is gone and I feel as if ‘I am all alone’.
And in my highest of hopes,and faith,and seeing all goodness of life and highly optimistic,and when I feel like that my faith is even way bigger than the little size of the mustard seed, at times by far,I can’t stop smiling alone,as I appreciate that my mum would be proud of me when I achieve that which I am optimistic of and about,and that I would be a nice example for my little sisters. The thought process is never really complete without these peoples featured, in one way or the other. At the very minimum.
There are common things that are like ingredients to a complete thought process,for different individuals. In whichever is the line of thought,in whatever are the subjects of fantasies and bits of imagination.
A wicked man has his thought process too. Only that his ingredients and consideration factors are somehow different.
The great psalmist gives us a bit of that. That at the very minimum,the wicked man does not seek God. This wicked man has no single room for God. And unfortunately, in ALL of his thoughts. God does not exist. God is not part of the contents. God is just not gonna have a place in the short or long thread of his thoughts.
Breaking this down,when they are in distress and low,their line of thought is purely on their own understanding,wisdom and knowledge. And when their life is full of prosperity and justice (as He rains on both the wicked and the righteous),and all is good for them,God is never in their place of thoughts. These wicked persons!!
God is not there,according to them,to punish wrong doing. He is not there for the forgiving,if they could ever be guilty. He is not there to send help in times of distress. He is not there to receive the glory,even when all is milk and honey with and for them.
This is the mind of a wicked person. In this context,the irreligious,the profane,the blasphemous and the evil. The atheists,we could say.
I know I may not be as this wicked ,as in this context. I know you too are not. Or you are probably,and reading this. By the grace of God.
But suppose we are not. And we are staunch Christians. And we know Faith. And we are familiar with trusting in God. And at the very basic,we know that God exists.
But what if in our many thoughts we have no place for God. What if there are so many pressures and circumstances that have pushed as Christians to ‘be real’ and act,without the place of God appropriately occupied.
What if we have misinterpreted the bribery commonly branded as ‘facilitation fee’ and the overall dishonesty and corruption as part of ‘in this world be as wise as serpents’?
Just what if we in all that we desire and as we think of our way up to there,we have no God in the whole process of our ‘hope’ and action. Where we have no proper counsel from God,just because He seems too far and absent for the moment,to wait,and hence all we decide and tell ourselves is,’JUST ACT’.
I know I have fallen into this personally. I know I have first turned to my soft loan lenders without having the shortest prayer of provision to the Provider Himself. I know you could have fallen too. And I pray that this piece will take us back to the proper God-filled line of thought.
If we are at this,then the wicked are not so different from us. We need to have the place of God in our many or few thoughts. In our happy and hopeful thoughts. And even when we have the heavy weight of thoughts on us,and all feels and seems shattered before our very eyes.
Rev. Julius I. Tabi in https://irevjulius.com/2019/08/23/depending-on-the-dependable-god/ says that ‘When we depend on the dependable God, we are blessed, we are safe, we are protected, we are saved, we have all we need, and we prosper and thrive.’
Further,he says,”Life is very paradoxical. Sometimes, even when we ‘believe’ God as the Almighty, we find it practically difficult to fully depend on him. It is not uncommon for many ‘faithful’ Christians to rush for pills before saying a prayer. It is not uncommon for many of us to first talk to the people we trust when in crisis than pray to God.
This is not to disregard our responsibility and actions. It is to just to remind us to make room for God in all of our thoughts.
He further quotes the 16th president of the United States:
‘Abraham Lincoln, the 16 President of the United States implored nations to depend on God when he said:“And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God … and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”’
We can now try the success rate of our thought process and plans and desires,when we shall be so empowered and challenged to ‘have room for God’. Take it from Him. I choose to believe that He shall surely not disappoint.
Psalm 11:3– “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
The last few days have seen several of my friends checking on me through calls and message chats and the like. Some whom am not so much used to. But those that could have a testimony of how at one time I could have impacted on their lives,in whichever way.
There is a recurrent question,and I almost always feel guilty when I think of my response.
But wait,I have a way of covering all of it,and all of my hidden truth. I may say. I mean how I will put a smiling and a laughing emoji at most times. And how I will include a joke between this and that word in calls,all with one agenda.
The question of,”How have you been?”
And my major response has been,” Am doing great,am doing well,God has been great,I can’t complain” and may be to those who are lucky to get a bit of my heart have had,” though some challenges are never failing to make their appearances once in a while. And may be to just be more ‘creative’ and as a way of cover up,’ ..some challenges are having the guts of making their appearances’.
But I am sorry. Probably not so sorry.
But why? Why can’t one have it all together? A thing or two is always making our minds to really,really wander.
Even when you know that you are still dependent on God,and really praying,and really ‘making every thing known to Him by prayer and supplication’.
But this is not my main thing today. The ‘if opposite’ would always be the case,even for an hour, free of mind-wanderings and things pricking our lives,here and there,now or later,is my main thing.
I am highly convinced,at least for my case,that I would be one in the league of the most proud and most leaning on own understanding if it were so. Probably the small impact I may have made could just be an imagination and one very long fantasy.
Probably the prayers I do would be far,far from me,far from my longings and desires and most definitely far from my schedules.
How off I probably could be if my job was as smooth as I so desire. How ‘not me’ I would be if I have my financial ambitions all together at this very time. How lazy and slothful I would become in the things of God when my family has had peace and satisfaction for a significant and quantifiable moment of time.
How ungrateful, probably,I would be if I would become genuinely “okey” and unapologetically ‘not sorry’ in all my replies and responses to call.
I dare even to imagine where I would be perfectly perfect in the things of God,and so well off without a hitch.
But,I am made to understand better. And to be grateful always. And to focus more on God. And grateful for the dispensation of time and moment I am in.
This is by Paul,and his ‘thorn in the flesh’. As much as Paul was devout and even well willing to die for the sake of God and the gospel (Acts 21:13),he experienced the same thing. Only that he handled it much more differently. And this is my one desire,in regards to the many or few thorns in the flesh at all, and in some times.
Paul’s Vision and His Thorn
2nd Corinthians 12:1-10-
I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say,or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (NIV)
Paul had all of it much together,to have all that he went through,and still at this very time,was yet to have much more.
He had great encounters with the Lord. He had all the coveted dreams,visions and visitations. Some of which he claims to have been as inexpressible to men as he put it,and some which he was even prohibited from sharing.
But. To keep him from being conceited,to keep him from being proud,to keep him from boasting ,to keep him from having or showing an excessively high opinion of himself (Merriam Webster Dictionary) ,the Lord gave him a thorn in the flesh.
In his boasting,he would feel the pain and be humbled. He would feel the irritation and come back to his senses about God. On his path towards showing a high opinion of himself and of things he had achieved,and of how God had been with him,and the legacy he was about to leave behind,the pain of the thorn would bring him back to the place of God,and all else would fade away and he would be left with his eyes fixed on where His strength would come from.
The fact that it was the will of God to allow this thorn to allow for the good of not being proud did not take away the fact that it was painful for Paul. In fact,he says that the thorn was sent to torment Him (Verse7).
It is still on debate amongst most of what this thorn literally was. My most amazing thing is that this thorn would be in the life of a person ,the calibre of Paul,just to keep him in check. Just to prevent him from leaning on his own understanding.
The thorn could not be removed from his flesh. With all his faith and miracles he had done,he prayed concerning it three times,and God’s response was,” My grace is sufficient for you,for my power is made perfect in weakness”.
Like God was saying,’I don’t want you to be conceited. I don’t want you to quiver,because it is so possible. It is for an ultimate good. So,I’ll give you the strength through,only that this thorn will continue to be in your flesh’.
Probably you would want to have it clear of the difference of this and when there is oppression. And this would be for another day.
May be am writing this for myself (for me as they would say). May be it’s for you. Or may be for us. Further,may be for now. Or for a certain future. Or rather,for a long or recent past.
But,because we can not fully contain our pride,God has a way of doing it for us. He would choose a ‘thorn in the flesh’ for Paul,and I think for us too.
Just to keep us closer to Him all through. Just for our ultimate good of cleaving onto Him.
All for the reason that we can not fully contain our pride,even when we are at our best of humility.
This is just a spontaneous thought. Though probably inspired by cumulated experiences and other almost related thoughts.
All over : in the society, in the mainstream media,in the social media (especially) ,in the church and all elsewheres,is a disturbing association of and with the common. And in this regard,even among the Christians. And may be ,for this particular post,the young believers,myself in there.
There is a commonness so strong,that seems to bind both the believers and them not. And hence, in this regard,the believers are greatly falling into the trap. Them being at the top of the cliff,and the world at the bottom, it is becoming easier for them to be pulled down than them pulling the world up. Just greatly.
There is a wave so strong that only the strong in faith will not fall into,rather,swayed. The move is silent yet loud. It is real yet unprecedented. It is slowly getting the roots even in the life of the majority of believers,yet widely taking the grounds.
It has a hidden worldly wisdom that is painlessly occupying the young faiths. Even the old too. Slowly but sure.
See,everyone is trying to make a point and to be taken seriously with whatever they are to say or write. The pain I have is that most of the pointless words and statements regarded as wisdom,unfortunately,are taken as guiding principles.
Everybody is copying and pasting on their statuses as if they are the most driving and motivating words ever said.
The world has a way of gaining their ground,wherever and however. Only those rooted strongly will not be mixed up.
Words and statements,even the most empty of them,by our celebrities ,even them of the world,are greatly and widely celebrated as if they were the best of the advices. Sadly so,by even those of us who allegedly profess the faith.
It pains me to go through my saved friends’ status updates every day,and finding the most misleading quotations from all over: our political leaders,our celebrities, our pastors and spiritual leaders who apparently seem to have been the description of ,”wolves in sheeps’ clothing” without a second thought on these sayings and writings.
I am highly convinced that those who went ahead of us,and from whom we can have reference of sound and helpful,even spiritual wisdom,never at one time thought that they could ever be quoted,and their writings referred to,tens of years after their last breath in this side of life. The opposite is clearly happening.
Everybody wants to push their agenda. Everybody wants to make a point. Everybody is being wise in their own eyes.
In fact,it is a painful truth that if you just want to make a point,even from the very words of Jesus,you can almost attribute them to a certain famous and successful celebrity,instead of Jesus,and those words are really going to have more mileage. I just said sadly.
“Love your neighbour as you love yourself” from the Holy Scriptures is almost less superior and less authoritative from “love people” from a certain celebrity and/or successful person.
Our generation is no longer becoming a listening generation. Father David is no longer having the attention of son Solomon. Every one of us is ‘living their own lives’ and hence slowly fading away from the path of Christ.
You will see it all over. We follow a particular ‘servant of God’ who is not even Biblically correct,and their misleading is deviating us from the truth.
All of us have gone astray. The only difference is that the shepherd shepherd is there,but our ‘personal wisdom’ will not let us allow Him to lead.
It is no longer a mystery to see all *f words in our statuses. And unfortunately enough,the lines having such evil and worldly words carry the most ‘wisdom’ to carry us through life. What a disillusioned wisdom and motivation.
We ought to have a deeper soul-searching at very personalised levels.
Light has no shadows!!! There is no darkness in light. We need to be more careful with our lives,now that God doesn’t give us a separate world to live in,away from the world itself.
We need to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves (Matthew 10:16).
The greater problem though could be that our generation sees itself extremely wise in their eyes.
We need to realize that when we have a learnt a little,we feel we know a lot,but when we learn a lot,we feel that we know just little. And the latter is and should be a force for more humility.
Proverbs 3:7 (NIV); Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead,fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
Let the preciously bought faith inside of you not be degraded by the common world schemes. The salt will lose its saltiness.
Let’s guard our hearts and faiths against all the erosion of the world around us.
I believe it feels unique and more precious when we would distance ourselves from the common. And especially the common bad. And unfortunately, most of the common is not the right.
Yes! You are not just booking heaven. It is not just for a good and guaranteed stay here on earth.
I almost hear a voice from the heavens asking us personally,” what do you yourself say I still am to you?”
There is no higher calling. Than that of loyalty to Christ.
Every one of us,believers,has two natures that are at work within ourselves. Regardless of our salvation status,may be even the level of our faith,if at all it would be a factor- Paul talks of a weak believer and/ or faith and a strong one,occasionally.
What matters is what nature is in control. And what is dominant over the other. All these are profound from one of the most difficult book of the Bible-Romans.
These natures are the ‘Natural’ nature ,otherwise called the ‘sinful’ nature and the ‘Spiritual’ nature. Elsewhere,you will find it as ‘Mind of flesh’. Believers have both. Non- believers,unfortunately, have one-the ‘natural’ nature.
f]comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that [
[That is] because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s Law; indeed it cannot.
The mind of flesh,this Natural life and this sinful nature is a big and great enemy of the Spiritual nature of every believer. It is even much more powerful in a non-believer,because unlike in us,it has a 100% dominance unless they believe in their hearts, and confess with their mouths,that indeed Christ is Lord.
Unfortunately, Paul in Romans presents it in a way to insinuate that even for us believers,it always has a great opposition to what the Spirit of God wills and desires in us.
The Natural life in us deeply craves for the forbidden. All the time. It is always passionate about going against.
Whenever we want to do the right,evil is right there with us. In our inner being,we honestly delight in God’s law and what He desires of us,but right there, and at that very moment,our wretchedness wage war against our good cravings of the Spirit .
That is the time we just want to open the word of God,and a craving to do one more activity arises,and our good craving undergoes a slow fade.
The forbidden seems to awaken us towards the very forbidden. We always want to know about the forbidden, and even if the easier way is to just not do,the fight is intensive and the nature leads us to just exactly that.
This sinful nature seizes every opportunity afforded by the commandment,and produces in us every kind of covetous desire where covetous ness is forbidden. (Romans 7:8).
Where immorality was forbidden, this nature leads us to just it. In an insinuating quest of, ‘ why not do this’,and by the end of this question,the forbidden has already been done.
This nature can never submit to the things of God. This nature is hostile to God,and to all the things of God. This nature will forever be against every detail of God and the things of God in our lives,regardless.
This nature will cause us to hate,where love is commanded. It will cause us to recklessness where self control is prescribed.
Our natural life will remain forever resistant to the things of God. Even when we recognize that its power is at work within us. Paul recognized that indeed it had power in him,but just was left wondering why the good he wants to do,he is unable to do,and the bad he doesn’t want to do,he just finds himself doing.
Do a good to yourself by realizing that this was after his miraculous conversion and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. And not just that time that the sole nature was at work inside of him,regardless of his intelligence and education of the commandments and the Law.
This natural nature pulls me (us) from prayer. This nature gives us some more sleep on Sundays,just against the thought of Church and worship,even if we were not to have this sleep. This nature makes us have urges to visit the washrooms at the thought of doing something of the ‘Spirit’,even when we would not have,if we did not plan to do it then.
The thought of the ‘sin that defiles a man besides sinning against God’ just keeps us trying it,one more time.
It does not submit to God. It won’t, because it can’t. Yet it is there.
Romans 7:25 Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord!…
May we strive to let the Spiritual nature dominate over the Natural life. Now that there is therefore no condemnation for those of us who are in Christ Jesus.
And the reason why it seems to be more powerful is because it is the most default inside of us. The Adamic nature that ought to be subjected by the New Spiritual nature.
Five of them have already submitted their proposals,
The proposals have undergone review,
The reviews have b’n received ,
Received by the best and ,
And quite perfect,
And those who weeeeellll….,
The right reviewers,
Who accepted them,
In a way to insinuate,
‘W’ere wer’ yah,
Where were you ,
All th’s tim’….?”
In a friendly love,
We are holding prayer vigils,
For the success of our sixth guy!
We are several weeks into it,
At some point,
At the very beginning,
It seemed not to work,
But that brotherly love,
Has kept us on toes,
And now ,
Could be ,
There is some hope.
Our two main charging songs,
The Christina Shusho’s “Nipe Macho Nione” ,
And our very own’s Masika’s “Fungua Macho Uone Jeshi la ‘Malaika'”,
Acting as an exhortation!
The strong five are willing to just hold,
Just hold the 6th guy,
If at all ,
And in any case,
He falls in love,
He must not injure himself in the love fall,
Or may be,
In the fall of love,
He must not be injured.
Till the sixth guy,
Till the 6th guy develops a proposal,
A proposal full of success,
A truly successful proposal.
If the sparrows
were in a position to understand and hide the scriptures in their hearts,I bet that Matthew 10:29 would be their John316 if not Jeremiah2911 or any other ‘favourite scripture” popular to/with the Christians.
This could,probably, be their memory verse from the primitive church school to their mature old age even unto death.
Matthew 10:29- Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? Yet no one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. (NIV)
Jesus was speaking these words in his commissioning of the disciples for Evangelism,where He gave them instructions,cautions,encouragement and authority even to cast out evil spirits and heal diseases.
These specific words were for the encouragement part( I guess after a series of instructions that he must have observed were almost weighty on them-the disciples).
All that they were given as cautions of the challenges they were to meet in their assignments was to be followed by this assurance.
There was nothing that they were to meet that,otherwise would weigh them down,that God did and would not be aware. Including hate,abuse and death!
He took among the least and almost ‘insignificant’ of creation (sparrows) that no body could ever think of in such a high-end case. Sparrows!!!
Jesus said that not even one of the many (even large) of the flocks can ever fall without his knowledge. Not even one.
…..But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. ..(NLT)
None can fall down without his will.
This is how God is fine into details. Imagine the number of flocks of sparrows in the world!! Not even one can fall.
This reminds me of a scripture in Psalm 104 where if God would hide His face,every creature is in terror (Psalm 104:29). And if He opens His hand,all creatures are satisfied with good things (Psalm 104:28).
The Lord is as into details as this. Sparrows,again could among the insignificant of all creation. But how he is aware of everything about it!
No challenge they could come across,that God never knew.
Here is the good news. Even better news. “You are worth more than many sparrows (NIV).
So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.-(NLT).
More than many sparrows are you more important and of more worth. The creator of the creations is the owner of these words (and you have no apologies to make to the sparrows, or even pity them 😁).
In fact one more time: you were of more worth than them!!
Nothing is happening to you that God is not aware. No tear is falling that God is not seeing. No cry is too quiet to reach his ears. No season of life you are in that he is not with you.
Could you hold onto him at least one more time?
Could you call on him,at least once more?
Could you wait on him,could be,just a little longer?
Could you pray to the same Him,at least once,once more?
Could you love Him,at least one more time?
Could you try Him at least an extra time?
He is in control and very much knowleable of all,including the ‘least significant’. The sparrows!!!!
And again, if you are going to manage through, He is still the one who could help. No one else. And so the best choice is to still,still hold on him. Anything else trying in your mind will definitely not work. Could be you are hurrying your life.
Here is a large flock of sparrows. One among them is weak and beaten. But before it falls,God has His will in place and is very ,very aware that this small bird is about to fall.
‘And now,the sparrow can fall!!’
I am reminded of the beautiful times back in college. Not so long ago,however. Beautiful because these moments really,I believe,shaped my life irreversibly in the things of God.
Not that I was not born again before ,but somehow and in a way (no,in many ways),I got to grow spiritually. And I always thank God.
Moving on swiftly,the moments I remember most are the morning glory,or the morning devotions. We used to call them the MD’s. The morning mountain climbing. I treasure these moments,like for real I do.
Being a normal student,only having extra spiritual leadership roles in our fellowship,did not exempt me from the low moments. Moments of wonders,I mean,wondering what good is left in and of me,and self-pities.
I was also not relieved from the common problems and challenges students face,including being broke,worrying about performance, and more so,the future. In short,moments of lack of inner peace and the joy of heart.
But in my usual MD’s ,in a certain week,these things used to haunt me almost excessively just in between the distance between my hostel and the place we used to have the devotion.
My mind would start itself up immediately I stopped my alarm like an engine,and really think hard, in that short distance.
For several days ( I came to learn later) in that week,I used to reach a certain specific place along that stretch,our college laundry,and I used to hear an inner voice always hinting,”why are you thinking so hard and troubled,and you are headed to pray?”.
It happened ,again,several days until I had to really grasp,and honestly, in that same place (how forgetful we are) that I used to get a divine kind of encouragement. Even before my morning prayers.
And this feeling has always encouraged me,since,but still I wonder how and why we are always so forgetful.
I have learned to pray to God over anything. Literally anything and everything and over every thing. My God does not share even with my closest friend nor even my parents how troubled I am.
In fact,I have learnt to turn every thought into prayer. Every thing that comes to mind,I have mentioned it to my God,and truly,God is faithful.
I have learnt not to chose what to tell God,and not to. Whatever He is not happy with,He will not give me,and He has a reason why. And whatever He finds good for me from the bulk of my prayers,He gives in His own timing.
Sometimes I find myself opening up to God about a hatred I am deeply feeling towards somebody who has hurt me,and I have not been disappointed to get calm,and a divine reminder of love.
I don’t have have to have it figured out.
I am not the one to chose. He is the one to give what He finds good and that will give Him glory. So,I tell Him everything.
And if He will ever display our prayer files in public,I bet my file would turn out to be among the best in craziness,foolishness,attention-seeking,funniest,most random prayers and all that you would love to think of.
But I also bet that I will have a place in the amount and sophistication of testimonies. Simple,crazy and sophisticated at the same time.
People of God!! Let’s pray.
Are you anxious? Pray.
Are you worried? Pray.
In lack? Dear, pray.
Having a crazy need? He’s God! Pray.
Feeling awkward? Dearie,tell Him.
Defeated? Tell Him.
Whatever. Let Him know.
Do not chose what you think is of Him,and what is of you to handle,and of your parents to assist,and of your best friend to share to,and of your pastor to advise.
Share with Him. Choose not.
Allow Him to choose what’s best for you and indeed you will see it will be the best. He will not dissapoint.
Anytime,anywhere doing whatever, let your spirit pray. You don’t have to have ‘time’ to pray.
Desire something,and tell him there and then ,”God I desire this”.
Someone says, (paraphrase) that there are thoughts and desires that are actually prayers, and that at times the spirit is on its knees even when the body is not.
Psalm 89:15- (NIV) -Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,who walk in the light of your presence,O LORD…
Psalm 89:16-18-They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation.
They exult in your righteousness.
17 You are their glorious strength.
It pleases you to make us strong.
18 Yes, our protection comes from the Lord,
and he, the Holy One of Israel, has given us our king. (NLT)
So,have you prayed today? It pleases Him to make us strong!!
Make all things known to God; in prayer and supplication.
To supplicate is to entreat for; to ask for earnestly and humbly. (Oxford).