Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Our Father's Daily Bread

May I encourage you with a scripture that God has brought to my attention lately?

“Give us today our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11

The Lord does not want us to be fearful about our tomorrows but instead He wants us to be confident that daily He will meet ALL of our needs.  

In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus gave His disciples (and us) a model to keep in mind as we pray:

“This, then is how you should pray:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

“When we pray “Give us today our daily bread,” we are acknowledging that God is our sustainer and provider. It is a misconception to think that we provide for our needs ourselves. We must trust God DAILY to provide what He knows we need.” Commentary

Are you fearful about your tomorrows?

Is there a part of you that fears/worries that your daily needs will not be provided for?

Sometimes, we can feel the pressure of life and forget the words of our faithful LORD:

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

“Planning for tomorrow is time well spent; worrying about tomorrow is time wasted. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference. Careful planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps, and schedules, and trusting in God’s guidance. When done well, planning can help alleviate worry. Worriers, by contrast, are consumed by fear and find it difficult to trust God. They let their plans interfere with their relationship with God. Don’t let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today.” Commentary

The Bible says that we have a loving, generous and merciful heavenly Father who knows what we need even before we ask Him! (Matthew 6:32)

Let’s live life today with confidence and peace of mind knowing that all of our needs - physical, financial, emotional, relational and spiritual will be provided for us as we turn our anxious thoughts to thankful prayers!

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

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