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What if some did not have faith?

This is a question.Not of my own,but Paul’s. But which will work to and for us in our times.A question of importance to our faith and belief in Christ.In the same way that Paul believed would and did work in those ancient times,the ancient Romans’ church.He used to pass a good important piece of information,to give freedom to the Romans.
Romans 3:3-What if some did not have faith?….

Let’s pause there for a minute.

What would you have as your answer?Is it possible that some may fail in faith?Is it possible for those who believe to be lacking in faith?If you are a believer,yourself,have you ever been lacking in faith?At least once?Personally I have.May be not once. May be not even twice.Or thrice,and you can guess on.I don’t want to be certain of you,but most probably,you have.

I have learnt over time by God’s grace to cultivate my faith.Through his word and in the place of prayer.And by keeping myself as much as possible in his love…”Jude 21-Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”

But I don’t want to be ignorant of the more than one times I have been low in faith.Neither should you.Thanks be to God that he was faithful all through the moments,something that we notice just later,in our reflections. And this is what I may want us to go through.

Will their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness?”-tough question there.

When you did,did it(nullify God’s faithfulness)?I believe not.Personally ,it never.Though at the time(s),it seemed as if it did or would.

Paul’s answer?”Not at all!”~With an exclamation mark in capital letters..(thanks Sir Paul for giving us a perfect answer).It is now clear,with no debate,no further assignment to go think about,it’s now so definite, emphasized and referenced.Cited from the word of God.

Not at all! Why? “Let God be true and every man a liar”.Why again?…“As it is written:’So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge “.Who is referred? GOD!!

Romans3:3-What if some did not have faith?Will their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness?Not at all!Let God be true and every man a liar.As it is written,” so that You may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.”

It’s not good for believers to not have faith.This does not please God.But times come when we are in doubts and disbeliefs in regards to some issues in life.And the same happened to and among the Romans,them that Paul in Chapter 1 of Romans says in v.7-” To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints…”.Believers also?I believe yes.To us all who are called to be saints? Losing Faith?Deficient in Faith?Lacking in faith?Doubting and in disbeliefs?Yeah,we.All of us.
Am reminded of how Jesus would be so impressed by those who expressed faith in different ways.He was amazed by their faith.He recognized their ‘great faith’.Remember the woman who was healed from chronic bleeding for 12 years?The Centurion? The Syro-Phoenician woman and the demonic daughter of the ‘for such a reply,you may go,the demon has left your daughter(Mark 7:24-30)?The paralytic man brought to Jesus by the friends through a roof?…Just to mention a few.For these,and many more,Jesus commended their faith.He was faithful(as always!),when they had faith in him.

But…you know the story of Lazarus? Does the response of the sister point to you a deficient faith?What about the time the disciples did not have faith enough that Jesus would feed the 5000 men alone,excluding the children and women?I believe it was a lack of faith also for Peter not to believe that Jesus was to leave them and hence,’the get behind me Satan’ rebuke…Many,many more inferences and references.

For such times,I remember God being faithful,even when I had a doubtful heart and spirit. He provided school fees.He restored my family.He healed me.He healed my loved ones. He gave me breakthroughs.He was gracious.He restored my faith.He forgave me.He did it for me.He helped me in the tough times of church service.He denied not his faithfulness.He remained the true God.

God wills for all of us not to waver through unbelief,regarding his promise,but to be strengthened in faith.Being fully persuaded that He has power to do what he has promised.

Romans 4:19-21He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb.(F)

20No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God,

21Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.

He was not happy when King David believed not and counted his army men.He was displeased when Sarah,doubted that she could have a son.He made dumb Zechariah when he doubted the promise of John the Baptist.

But all these never stopped his faithfulness.We do not let down God’s ability to do what he has planned(including in our very personal lives) by our disbeliefs and doubts.Even as he calls upon us to have faith in him even the more.

So,can he heal when some members are doubtful? Can he deliver when some are not sure of it?Can he give signs,can he do wonders ,can he perform miracles even in our highest disbeliefs?

Trust God.Let Him give you break through.Allow Him to surprise you.Allow Him.

Psalm66:9-He has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping.

Yesss!He can do it.

Ever seen a saltless salt?…An unsalty salt??

I know this is an absurd question to ask anybody.It must be so much out of question. Indeed,yes.

Am also not very sure how and why it came into mind,but,any-way,can we ever have a saltless salt?Or even to the extreme,an unsalty salt?

I was packing for home in my college hostel just  some few days ago after the persistent dons’ strike.You know my clothes and other personal stuff as well as putting the room I was to soon leave in some perfect good order. And I came across some items,the kind that is basic to every household:cooking oil, sugar,tea leaves and among the list was some remaining salt, a relatively small amount.And I was wondering whether to throw away some of these items that would definitely not survive to be of any use may be the next time I would be back in the hostels(…I come from a family where every bit of every particle of anything really means a lot), and I estimated around a period of  at least 4 weeks.So,the salt.Have I ever come across an expired salt?I mean that which would not give any salty flavour when in such “perfect order” that I was to leave the room in!And so the question!…And then:::? What did Jesus the Christ have in mind to just say that you are the light and salt…and a salt without flavour can only be trampled upon.? I knew he must have been alluding to something. It was never empty in all his messages.And I knew I had to dig deeper to decode whatever he meant to bring clear.

Matthew 5:13You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.

Thanks,I have a friend called Google.He was to be of help even the more this time round.I somehow always admire his knowledge. And that was me ,in the internet,while travelling.I wanted a very specific answer and so used some kind of trickery  to my friend Google.But wow!I was not to be the first to ask him the question. Many had before. But I went on.

So ,can salt ever become unsalty??

Just some very basic chemistry of salt.Salt is basically Sodium chloride. Chemical formula NaCl.A very very stable chemical compound.Of course here I want to be specific to  Sodium chloride for it must be the one being referred to by Christ.The chemical bond of this compound is very tight.The sodium and chlorine atoms are very happy to share the one available electron.Stable means that it is not easily dissociated. It shall remain to be the salt you know.

So ,was Jesus making any sense to his congregation? Did they view him as being so illiterate? A dwarf in Chemistry? Or did the message just go ahead of them without any critical thought of and over it?Like may be I was before just the few days ago?I believe the perfect answer for every of these questions is a big NO.You ask why?Because he used every parable and symbol so well known to the people in the first century and I believe they must have farmilialized with this too.But the problem with us is that we are in the 21st century and most probably we may not easily get it,and many other parables too.

But Jesus really knew what he meant.He was there even during the creation of the so called atoms and compounds. Including this sodium chloride edible salt white particles.He is a pioneer in this vast subject.

So,conditions for salt turning saltless???

A reminder again:SALT CAN NEVER BE SALTLESS,IT CAN NEVER LOSE ITS FLAVOUR,IN ITS ORIGINAL STRUCTURE AND DESIGN.

So how then?The only way for a salt to lose its saltiness from a chemical perspective is only through a chemical reaction.Remember one thing is constant here.The normality of your taste buds.Your physiology.Otherwise any “less taste” can never be inherent of the salt. It can only lose the flavour through  a chemical reaction.But then,after this, is it salt again?So,throw it away.Trample on it.It is now useless.The purpose of it is already thwarted. It is not only useless but can be toxic to you!!

So,for the Christian,the salt of the earth,to lose the degree of saltiness,he must react with other chemicals.The truth of the true gospel must have been reacted by a myriad of so many other things.So many other non-christian ideologies:Music.Philosophies. Destructive knowledge.Islam.Buddhism.Hinduism.Paganism.Hypocrisy.Pride.Faithlessness.Doubts…..name it.Every thing that is not gospel.Anything that dilutes the sweet truth of Christ-ian-ity.

Collosians2:8See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ (the Messiah)

With any of these,Jesus,in his Sermon on the Mountain, would say that the salt is to be thrown away and trampled under feet.This was how any useless salt was disposed off in their time.

A salt which has lost its flavour is a mixed up salt.It is a mixture.It is not the pure useful salt again. It is so useless.A pure salt is a stable substance. It is a Christian who has been deeply rooted in the truth. He is stable as long as he remains pure.It is not easy for him to be without flavour.

This can go on and on.With more and more breakdown.How can one remain pure?

I hope even as God brought more light to me through this,I have also helped you appreciate it even the more.

The sermon on the mount must have have been one of the hardest sermons Jesus ever did.Every translation that I have used has a very simple English on it but I believe it to be a deeper-than-normally viewed sermon.

So,now,food for thought:I would like to make a very salty salt.Is this possible?If so,in your opinion, how would I achieve this goal?~~Barryzelcer.


Worshipful Worship

It’s an extremely hard thing to fully exhaust the topic of and on worship.No one has explicitly done it to full coverage.Any one in a seminar or by writing,a podcast or visual teaching always gives some thing new ;a new illumination about it and/or emphasizes in different extents ,the old knowledge we have.Worship is really a wide topic yet extremely sensitive.
Most have had different ‘topics’ on this one topic with different aims but still wishing to convey the importance and sensitivity.

We agree that the chief end(ultimate,primary,principal) end of man is to glorify God.Giving glory to God is God’s main expectation from his creation.The benefit of this ‘giving glory to God’ is that God in return gives the one who glorifies him a privilege to enjoy him.This is one statement of faith in the Westminster catechism classes. It’s highly biblical.Remember the fellowship of God and Adam,Him visiting them in the cool of the day?

Quickly. Back to Worshipful Worship. –this is what our Lord requires and is calling for.A Worship that is full of worship.A worship-full worship.This is what He deserves. He is not taking anything lesser.As one would say,he does not need our worship,he deserves our Worship-full-of -worship!

A scripture must have come to your mind.A worship in truth and spirit.John chapter 4.A time is coming and has now come that true worshippers shall worship  in Spirit and Truth.In truth means more than the word itself:in faithfulness and fidelity(imagine the word fidelity used in the context of marital faithfulness of spouses!),with true facts and depiction of reality,with conformity to fact or reality,correctness and reality.This is worshipful worship.

A worship of the heart and not of the lips.Where the hearts of worshippers (all who know God),are as close as the lips may be in their worship.This,I believe,is even easier.It will just come spontaneously. All the time.Even when the lips are tired and exhausted.The heart is the wellspring of the required worship.

This worshipful worship is not a worship in vain (Matthew15:9).It is a worship with reverence.A worship with an understanding of who is the recipient of the worship.Its amazing how Jesus told the Samaritan woman about the main hindrance of their Samaritan way of worship as compared to the Jewish way of worship:”that you Samaritans worship what you do not know…”,–but for us we worship the one who has been revealed to us (John4:22).This is our main hindrance too.

John 4:22-You [Samaritans] do not know what you are worshiping [you worship what you do not comprehend]. We do know what we are worshiping [we worship what we have knowledge of and understand], for [after all] salvation comes from [among] the Jews(AMP).

A worshipful worship is a revelational worship.You have to know who!And the how will automatically be induced in your heart and spirit.How?-Word!The word of God.Free knowledge.

You read about what God can do and what he has done before, both positive and negative,and you remain the same?I doubt.You will revere God like never before. And you do this oftenly?Daily?Your worship is gonna move into a higher level.Your worship is gonna be Worship-full.

You read scriptures like in Psalms 50,and see a verse like v.12,“If I were hungry I would not tell you,for the world is mine,and all that is in it”,and you remain the same in worship?–Mind you this is just a bit of it.

Some weeks ago I pitied myself for the times I have prayed for humility.I read some scriptures and I must have had humility built up in the inside of me like spontaneously.You just need to know the power,authority and sovereignty of a king,to give him honour.Even if in real sense you would not have respect for him. This is the case with the scriptures in ‘revealing’ God himself to us.You just know who he is,how great he is and his power, and you just give in.

I’ve decided to use the ‘revelation’ in quotes,to eliminate the thought of ,revelation being so dramatic and eventful as many of us think. You know,the mentality of ‘taken’ to the wilderness or some strange place while asleep,or those scary visions and dreams.Instead, I would like to go with “Illumination“. Seeing scriptures much better.Gaining a greater level of understanding. Of course by His help.
A worship with knowledge of Who is to receive it.An adoration with revelation,reverence and illumination. Not just the common ‘worshipping words’.But,if still with the same words, with deeper knowledge of the truth.

A worship which is Christ-centered; that one that the Lord would love to receive and be offered.

If worship is Bible centered and Christ centered,the presence of the Holy spirit of the Father can be sought to animate the rest..—Paul Wells.

There is so much about worship…
Fill your Worship with Worship!!

What’s in your recent apps?


Discovering the functioning and the essence of the “recent apps” button on my smartphone was one great achievement I do not make light of.I always wondered what it was for with the back and home buttons being my most common.It’s not a very long time ago though.
This button is interesting.You touch it,it brings you the most recent apps used,as a block, in order of time since last use.Making it easy to go back to yours of interest without scanning through the home screens. Fortunately, this is a feature in all smart-phones.

Of course there are common recent apps for most people.Some are more common to some and not others.For example,you may not miss a dictionary app in my recent apps,something rare for most people.But..;

Whatsapp

Gallery

Service provider app

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Snapchat

Bible app(ish ish,to many)

Etc,

may be much more common.

So ,great!Good stuff!Amazing!

Am a Christian(Born again,saved,hopeful and faith-fully on my way to heaven.Am tempted to touch my life “recent apps”(of course with a smartphone,there are expected apps—and so is this!)….And I actually do it.And may be you wanna try with me?Expected “recent apps”!! Now,” @ctual recent apps”!!!

Prayer!?

Scripture reading!?

Worship!?

Fellowship!?

Meditation!!!!!???….Wow!This one!?…Some of us don’t even have it installed in “our devices” of Christian life—!

Fasting!?….(Heavens!!…may be there but infected with viruses…so wrongly done… Crashing!!)

Orphans,widows,widowers!!?

Prison visit!!?

Ec cetera!?

Ec cetera!?

I compare my “recent apps” with Daniel’s, David’s, Moses’,ec cetera,and of Jesus.And I pity myself.Am a long way behind.But you see ,I also have a large room of improvement.

Just need to align myself with the expected “recent apps” as outlined in the Bible.

May be,by faith I need to install some of this “apps”.

Or even just,by way of commitment,(which may be is not something to pray for),need to just unfreeze some of these.

Or,who knows,some of these recent apps are to be uninstalled instantly and immediately?Am gonna free up some space.

I just want to align my “apps”.The ” recent apps” button has to show the most used “apps”-—that give Him glory.

Journey with me!!

Hebrews 12:1THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,




My House ceased to be a House of prayer.

Once upon a time,this man Jesus after he triumphantly entered the City of God,Jerusalem,a couple of years ago in terms of ‘000’s,and as was His since-childhood custom,went into the temple.He was not carried away by the so-much praise by and from the kids and the natives as they shouted “Hosanna hosana in the highest”.
But this time round in the synagogue was not to be business as usual.He got emotional.And his emotions were beautifully expressed.He overturned every table,minding not the scattering of the monies that were being “sold”.The benches of those selling doves were not spared either.He drove out all who were buying and selling.This was on the basis of, “My house shall be called a house of prayer,but you are making it a den of robbers!”

Interestingly,what I see in movies taking 40 minutes for the single scene is explained by two verses only:verses 12 and 13.The brief moment was able to restore and reinstate the House of the Lord to what it was meant to be.

Matthew 21:12-13He said to them, The Scripture says, My house shall be called a house of prayer; but you have made it a den of robbers.

14And the blind and the lame came to Him in the porches and courts of the temple, and He cured them.(AMP).

AND IMMEDIATELY,the blind and the lame came to Jesus at the temple and were healed!How awesome must it have been!

Jesus did not just express himself from nowhere.He also obeyed God’s word.Have a trip with me to Isaiah 56:7…

7All these I will bring to My holy mountain and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples.(AMP)

A house of prayer for all nations!Where burnt offerings(by then),God promised to accept.Our prayers in the house of the Lord are powerful!Our service in the house of the Lord have blessings attached.

Jeremiah 7:9-11.The false and worthless religion versus the House that bears the Name of the Lord. The Lord is in flaring anger that the people he had chosen have converted the Church into a den of robbers…(like seriously!?)

9Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known,

10And [then dare to] come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My [a]Name, and say, [By the discharge of this religious formality] we are set free!–only to go on with this wickedness and these abominations?

11Has this house, which is called by My Name, become a den of robbers in your eyes [a place of retreat for you between acts of violence]? Behold, I Myself have seen it, says the Lord.(AMP)

And today is not different from then.It has not been different from the past.Even after Jesus clearing and reinstating the Temple.With all the loss that had to be incurred by the money changers and the temple traders.

Nowadays the church has ceased again to be what it was meant to be.Where the Name of the Lord was meant to dwell. So many things and activities have competed with what was to be the motto and objective.“A house of prayer”.

And these are so common to many churches.So common that the main reason is already forgotten. So hard to be regained if the knowledge of tge original purposeful purpose is ignored.Jesus,if still in flesh,would still do (unfortunately to a large percentage of churches), what he had to do those past thousands years ago.But I tend to think this was even much better,than if He could do this with the authority bestowed upon him by the Father.By then,it was more sympathetic,though dramatic.

God is calling again that His house would be reorganised.That the house would again be of prayer.

Sad that some members of the church come to the church,and go away without making even a prayer.The only prayer made(okey, in essence join in),is that corporate done by just the few ministers—unfortunately too,so much limited in time and depth.”For other activities”.

So why have we forgotten that the house of the Lord had a blueprint.That it was PRAYER™.The church had a trademark. It had a distinguishing factor.It had a line that would mark the boundary between “A HOUSE” and ‘ a house’.

It was meant to be ©prayerforever.A copyright not to be broken and a seal not to be breached.

And so,it is written to US,”My house shall be called a house of prayer,not a den of robbers”.Not a den of politics,not a den of showoffs, not a den of social classes,ec cetera.

“A den” is used to simply refer to “a hiding place”. Fullstop.I consider the church, and this is what I see,a hiding place.Not a hiding place for the righteous;the secret place if the Most High (Psalms 91:1)_but that one of “robbers”-Jer.7:11)-unfortunately!

But Jesus wishes to bring revival.An awakening.And IMMEDIATELY we allow him,his power shall be so much manifested in every way.Healing and every blessing both spiritual.and physical shall be poured unto the obedient Church according to his great and rich mercies and glory.

I imagine God asking this question:”Why did my house cease being a house of prayer?Why are you so lazy to pray?Did I fail to satisfy you with what I meant to when I had you first access My house?”.

My name is Nicholas.That is what people call me.Your name is your name,that’s why you are called by that name.(Though you may have  a nick-name).The statehouse is called so because it is a house of the state, housing the President!……SO?

Church trust in God. Trust in Jesus!He’s ready for us.

“Feeling Blessed”is sometimes HaaarD.

Few Sundays ago,I welcomed the small group of people who had arrived early for the morning devotion and preparation for the service. This was after an intensive and powerful  intercession for the service that was to start not so long afterwards. And after giving a briefing on how the service would be,I mean the facilitator,the one who was to do the word exposition and the main speaker,a privilege given to the early comers.
And among my last words were “welcome and feel blessed in the House of the Lord…”, and we parted for the moment and I took my seat…reflected on everything..and the catch was on ” feel blessed “…I detected something wrong in the statement.I sincerely was not ” feeling blessed” at the time.The week had been a bit tough for me.

Semantics,the definitions of words will help us move on.We are blessed,by God,when He in His great mercies bestows on us some gifts,both temporal-of this world,and spiritual-more of eternal benefits.(Mark 10:29-30).

Mark 10:29-30Jesus said, Truly I tell you, there is no one who has given up and left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for My sake and for the Gospel’s

30Who will not receive a hundred times as much now in this time–houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions–and in the age to come, eternal life.

When we consider blessings especially in the temporal aspect,we always are in a danger to ‘feel blessed‘. The feeling is not usually there. Though the Fact be there.The fact that we are blessed by the loving Father.

The feeling of blessedness doesn’t usually make sense to us when we are in our low moments.When we are sick and desperate.When we are bereaved.When things fail to go our way.When our promises are broken.When we are heartbroken. When we are betrayed.When our prayers are delayed.And we are mortal. And so,in real sense,just the “feeling of blessedness”should not make sense.

The “FACT” of blessedness should! The fact is the truth.The fact is what and how it is.That we are blessed. That God has kept us alive.That he had meant everything good for and to us in and at such moments. The fact is the fact from his unfailing promises.In his Word.Let God be true and every man a liar.The ‘man’ (you)feeling not blessed is a liar.Even when such a statement does and even at times in the future may not make sense.It’s not supposed to make sense if the sense should lean towards the feeling of not being blessed.

This is why Apostle Paul knew of the great blessing he had been blessed with,even with all his sufferings(2nd Cor.11:16-33).Stephen knew he was blessed during the stoning,even when he should have least felt the blessing, to a point of seeing the heavens open,and prayed for his enemies.And we can mention more than these.

Of course times come when the feeling is too evident,and we feel it,enjoy,testify and put it in our”remarkables”.But,how would you rate it in a scale of 1-10?I bet not close to the highest of it.And this is because it is actually a struggle for us.

So,I’ve learnt a hard and important lesson from that Sunday.I believe that’s why we would be required to give thanks in all circumstances, even when the ‘feeling’ is non-existent.I believe with this,the beautiful glorious God knew that His blessing was always upon us,that is why we are alive at the moment,that is why we should trust him,that is why you are reading this sentence.

1st Thessalonians 5:18Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].

The feeling may not.But the Fact,unchangeable,remains.That you are blessed.That you have been bestowed upon ,the great benefits from the heavenly Father.

So give thanks.Even when the benediction of “May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ ,and the love of God,and the fellowship of the Holy spirit be with you all” does not make sense.Even when it feels as if God has turned his back on  you  instead of “Shining his face upon you”.

Dwell on the reality of the Fact that you are blessed.The dependency of the feeling will always let you down.Many are the times it won’t come.We do not expect Paul to feel blessed.With my insufficiencies,I don’t expect to ‘feel’ blessed.But am obliged to KNOW.Know that you are blessed!

And rejoice!!!

Unanswered prayers are also precious gifts.


Some people would not like to agree with this for different reasons,most of which could be justifiable.Most will tend to have it that every prayer,of any kind;healing,provision,breakthrough, success ec cetera has to be answered by the most faithful God.In fact,every prayer prayed in faith has to be answered. And yes,this is my whole point.That even “lack of answers’ is one so precious gift to be testified.Our faithful father just knows how to give us the precious gifts, he even asks if our earthly fathers know how to gift us superbly…?
It takes a broken heart to accept this truth,which is not just a punchline for the day,but something that can be greatly inferred from the entire holy scriptures.It takes a certain level of gratitude and even faith of every petitioner and intercessor to appreciate the unquestionable sovereignty of God.

I love David.The king after God’s own heart.My journey through the scriptures is currently touching so much on his life, no wonder.

2nd Samuel 12 gives us an amazing piece of story about him.It is a very emotional part of life as every leader is in a fix between whether to just say,” yes,let him experience it,he deserved it,let him be punished,why would he,being a whole king do such an abominable act” and “Oh God,I thought he has repented enough, and was it not just a slight down-fall ,are you not faithful and full of mercy?” and,”Oh God,even if,is the child to suffer just because of the sins of his father,why would you not just allow him to live and glorify you in the future?”—and some extra-emotionals will just shed tears.

To quicken us,this is all about David receiving a message from God through Prophet Nathan,that God was angry with him,after the incident that he had committed the sins of adultery and murder.The son that had been born to him out of ‘wedlock’ had to die as a punishment for making the enemies of God ‘show contempt’.David could not believe that the son would just suffer death.I imagine he preferred death to strike him instead ,but unfortunately it was to be specific for the child.And he pleaded with God.He fasted and went to his house and spent nights lying on the ground-that at least God would have some mercy.

Interestingly, he could not eat.He was in a serious fasting.He could not even sleep on his loyal bed.For nights.And the child was not to heal.Seven days!!

It is on the seventh day that the child was no more.He was dead,like never to come back.His servants tensed breaking the news to him,they knew he would definitely do something radical. And it was sensical to think of that.If he was moody when the child was still alive,what about now that he has passed?If he could not eat?If he,a whole honoured king,would just lie on the ground?

2nd Samuel 12:16-17David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted and went in and lay all night [repeatedly] on the floor.

17His older house servants arose [in the night] and went to him to raise him up from the floor, but he would not, nor did he eat food with them.(AMP).

But David,immediately asked for food.It is recorded that he was served as he requested.He washed and put on lotions.He changed his clothes.He went to the house of the Lord and worshipped.As if if this was whatever he had fasted and prayed for.

And the servants,like I also would do,questioned the sanity of the king.But the reply from the humble king was simple,straightforward, precise, spirit-filled and full of grace.

2nd Samuel 12 :20-22Then David arose from the floor, washed, anointed himself, changed his apparel, and went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he came to his own house, and when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate.

21Then his servants said to him, What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept while the child was alive, but when the child was dead, you arose and ate food.

22David said, While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, Who knows whether the Lord will be gracious to me and let the child live?(AMP).

The prayer had been answered. And the king was sensitive.It never went ahead of him.The boy was already dead,and that was it. He had done the best he could,seeking God,and pleading with him like the scripture in another part would say,like a mother mourning for an only child.God did answer the prayer.With not an answer he would have waited for ,and may be if he had known what would finally be the outcome,the fasting would not have been.

The testimony of an unanswered prayer should be as great as that of an answered prayer.If the prayer was said in words or in heart,then the answer must come.With God, both the ‘answered’ and ‘not answered’ are all all love gifts.He does it with love.Sometimes the gifts may not be comfortable for us at the moment,and sometimes this breaks our hearts.And he extends his love when he says we give thanks in all circumstances.

Sometimes we may be convinced to accept this reality.Especially when we were not very sure during our prayers,or when we also anticipated any outcome,and we are easily contented with any of them.

But think of prayers of breakthroughs,think praying for the healing of a loved one-and the outcome is just death,think of a prayer at the verge of losing a job,think of a prayer for and about a dwindling relationship, think of a prayer concerning a church/ministry almost breaking apart,think of such ‘heavy’ and ‘serious’issues of our lives.With this,its not easy to accept the gift of ‘an unanswered prayer’.

But it takes grace.It takes a greatful and humble heart to accept this;not to reduce his faith or become doubtful or to just gamble in his prayers,but to be modelled for worship and Thanksgiving.

Consider it pure joy when a prayer is answered ,in either of the two ways.

Unanswered prayers are also precious gifts from our loving father in heaven!!