“You shall remember all the way the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. He humbled you and let you be hungry and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:2-3, NASB).
Moses reminded the people of the exodus that their receiving of God’s bread was to humble them and test them to see if they would obey God. Hunger was God’s humbling of His people. Hunger was the test in terrible adversity. If God remained their center during trial, God would provide. However, if the need became the center, then the need would be the god—and that was to replace the true God with a false one, a violation of the first commandment.
In the Lord’s Prayer, we begin with God. We move to invite God’s power and kingly rule to take first place in our lives and through us on earth. Then and only then, we bring our needs to Him, to ensure that we can get the work done that needs to be accomplished. Needs, even something as basic as bread, take second place to God’s rule.
–Taken from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka
Lord, in the midst of the trials in my life, keep my eyes fixed upon Your purposes which are higher than mine! Lead me back to Your heart again and again so that I don’t get distracted by things that are less important than all You are! I want You to be the very center of my life rather than what I need. I trust You to provide for those things as I look to Your hand rather than my own efforts.
Praise God for the depth of his love, which is the very core of his being (1 Jn. 4:8-9). Thank God that he will never take his love from you or your family (Ps. 103:17). Confess any times during the last week when you gave little thought to God’s great love for you. Commit yourself to beginning each day with the refreshment of God’s love (Ps. 90:14). Ask that you “may have power . . . to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge” (Eph. 3:17-19).
Pray for specific places in the world where violence, greed, and hatred are wounding many lives. Pray that this work of Satan will be defeated, overpowered by the love of God shown through Jesus and his church.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend