“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” (Matthew 6:9-11).
Why are our legitimate human needs put into the third line of the Lord’s Prayer? It is because God would fill us with himself first and foremost, instead of with our goods and needs. God would direct us to the purpose of His kingdom’s advance instead of the advancement of our own goals and purposes. God would call us to Himself and beyond ourselves!
God has called us to the true focus of our lives—the pleasure of the Father, heaven as our true home, God’s kingly rule over all creation, God’s righteousness in our lives, and the rebuke of worry over issues of necessary earthly existence—eating, drinking, clothing. The whole point of the Lord’s Prayer and His teaching on daily bread is that God knows our needs; our greatest need is that He be the center of our existence.
Put need in the center and need becomes the god of our existence.
Put God in the center, and God takes care of the needs of our existence.
Father in heaven, You know my needs before I even ask them because You care for me. Teach me how to love You more deeply than any of my physical needs because You are the center of my existence. Show me how so many of the things I think are important are often superfluous things that do nothing for the sake of Your kingdom. Give me a vision for Your plans and purposes so that I might jump into the flow of Your river instead of my own little stream.
–Taken from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God, the ultimate owner of all, who gives and takes away the privilege of managing those resources (Daniel 4). Thank God for specific resources he has put under your care. Confess any attempts to own (rather than manage) “your” money. Commit yourself to being a faithful steward who puts God’s kingdom and righteousness first (Mt. 6:33). Ask him to teach you the secret of being content in any and every situation (Phil. 4:12).
Pray that God will give you, your family, and your friends the daily provisions you need (Mt. 6:11). Ask also that you all will excel in the grace of giving (2 Cor. 8:7).
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