Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). This principle of prayer is the believer’s response to the power and provision of God. The Father cares about the intimate details of the lives of His children. One hair cannot fall off the head of His child without His knowledge. He is able to meet every need of His children. The secret of kingdom living is childlike faith. This generation of Christians needs a fresh understanding of God, our provider.
Perhaps we ought to look to some of the poorer nations to see testimonies of churches that experience revival. Christians in Romania were suppressed during the days of communism. They had rationed food, power shortages, and little heat. Their church facilities were less than adequate. But the churches grew, even though no one had a vision of Jesus telling Christians to dig deep into their pocketbooks and give. They did not have much materially, but they had the presence, power, and provision of God. The kingdom was implanted in the hearts of a people who lived in the darkness of atheism. Many of those people came to know God as their provider.
Perhaps, in the West we have attempted to manipulate God into funding our luxury and waste. Because God will have nothing to do with it, we must turn to our magnificent schemes to acquire wealth to spend on our every desire.
This evaluation of the church might seem harsh to some. However, it is not intended to be a finger pointed at the people of God. It is the simple cry of my heart with my finger pointed toward heaven. Look unto God. He is our provider. Call unto Him, and He will meet every need of our lives.
Jehovah Jireh, I have so much more than I could ever want or need…and yet, it seems I am always desiring more possessions, more comfort, more vacation time…and on and on. You provide everything and still I am not satisfied with what I have. Give me a heart like those who are simply content to be Your children, and who live in simple trust that You are faithful to meet every need.
Praise God that he promises to refresh you like the dew from heaven in order to blossom as the lily (Hos. 14:5). Give thanks for the beauty of flowers, a beauty to be reflected in the life of every Christian. Confess to God the times you disguise that beauty with outward circumstances which keep you from reflecting his image (Col. 3:5-10). Commit yourself to being clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and especially love, which binds believers together in unity (3:12-14). Ask God to root out the weeds and let the beauty of Jesus be seen in you.
Pray that your family and friends may see the real inward beauty of your life reflecting Jesus, which makes your outward appearance beautiful at all times (1 Sam. 16:7).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.