In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave his followers many principles on how to live and enjoy our lives as Christians. Many wonderful words of wisdom may be gleaned by each of us from the sixth and seventh chapters of Matthew. One of these great truths is the subject of prayer.
One of Jesus’ disciples asked, “Lord, teach us to pray”. He responded with what we call the Lord’s Prayer. This prayer has been quoted all over the world, however, is not given for us merely to quote. It is an example of how we are to pray.
A constant reminder to me of God’s goodness to us is found in Matthew 6:11, in which Jesus tells us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Our Lord is not speaking just of daily sustenance, but also of all the basic needs (not greeds) of life. Do you have any needs today? We have a loving Father who longs to daily help His children.
One does not have to look far to see the hand of provision extended by God to us all. Daily, He loads us with his benefits. Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” We must remember to be thankful today for the needs God meets as we ask him for daily bread. It would do us well to thank him for the food, raiment and all the provisions He provides for us.
Please understand that God is not going to do for you what you could do for yourself. The Proverb says, “The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold and therefore will beg in harvest and have nothing.” God is not going to take care of those who take no initiative. However, He delights in giving “daily bread” to those who truly depend on Him.
Whatever your need may be, God wants to provide for you, your daily bread. Look around you and all the daily bread He has already provided and have faith in His care. Then thank Him as He, daily, meets your needs – whatever they may be.