WEEK ONE PRAYER FOCUS: The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)
Day Four: God is a Provider
TODAY'S FIRST PASSAGE: Matthew 6:11 “Give us today, our daily bread"
When Jesus speaks of daily bread, instantly in the mind of His audience at the time, they would have remembered the story of the Exodus. In the book of Exodus, when God is delivering His people out of slavery and into a new life in their promised land, He personally provided food for them each day called Manna. As God was training His people into being free sons and daughters instead of slaves, one of the main lessons was to learn to trust God for provision.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
- Who am I trusting to provide for me? It it myself? Is it my spouse or parents? Is it “luck?”
- Am I wrapped up in figuring out future provision, or am I content to ask God to provide for me today, and one day at time?
- In what ways have I seen God provide for me in the past? What do I need to entrust to Him today?
PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES:
Work through these scriptures, letting them sink into your heart, and wrapping your own words around them for yourself, your family, our church and for our city.
For yourself/your family: Psalm 121:2
For Commonwealth: Ephesians 1:15-23
For the City: Jeremiah 33:9
DAY FOUR PRAYER CHALLENGE:
Make a list of the ways that God has tangibly provided for you in the past. Thank Him for each thing on your list, and let it fill you with faith for the future. Keep it somewhere that you can look at it regularly. Then, take a couple moments to repent for any ways that you’ve trusted yourself for daily bread instead of Him.