“If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:30-34).
The word of Christ here is to seek first the kingdom of God. It doesn’t mean to seek only the kingdom of God. We are called (in fact, commanded) to ask when the issues of life press in and we need resources, food, money, friendships, time, hope, or love. These are the things that make life livable. The text implies that it is more than appropriate to ask for our legitimate material needs, after we have invested our focused energy on seeking first God’s agenda. So we ask for bread, knowing that we are asking for the kingdom first. If the kingdom agenda supercedes bread for a season, we fast, we pray, we wait. The bread of life does take priority over the bread of the body. But God will feed us.
Lord Jesus, I confess that Your kingdom is not always my highest priority. I worry too much about my own needs without taking into consideration that You will care for me. Help me to desire the bread of life above all things, and to release tomorrow into Your hands. May Your Spirit within me flow more fully into kingdom living as I trust You for my daily bread.
–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.
Rejoice in God’s majesty, glory, and might. Thank God that in all things he works for the good of those who love him (Rom. 8:28). Confess any fear, worry, or anxiety you may be feeling about your present circumstances. Commit your day to God and rest in his good planning for your life (Prov. 3:5-6). Ask for his peace to remain with you throughout your day.
Pray that believers everywhere will walk in truth and unity. Ask the Holy Spirit to draw them closer to each other.
“I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.” —Abraham Lincoln
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