Jesus’ instruction on prayer in Matthew chapter six has become an integral part of Christian teaching. But when the words become routine, their meaning can be lost.
When you read the biblical accounts of Jesus’ life, you witness His immense love for people, and His desire to provide for their basic needs.
It’s hard to imagine that the God of the universe cares about our smallest needs. Yet Scripture reminds us that not only does He care, but we can trust Him to provide!
Our economy is struggling. Jobs are scarce. Families are tightening their belts, trying to make ends meet. Perhaps you feel the pinch in your own home.
All throughout the world there are families in need. There are homes that don’t have food on the table every night.
Our basic needs, food, shelter, clothing, all seem so trivial in the grand scheme of things. And yet, Jesus made a point of teaching that God does care about our needs—trivial or not.
When we go to the grocery store we buy enough to last us a week, or even a month! But in Jesus’ day, people had to find provision on a daily basis.
When we choose to follow God we become part of the community of believers. As members of the larger body of Christ, we discover a whole new dimension to Jesus’ prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
When your cupboards are stocked, your bank accounts sufficient, and your blessings abundant, can you sincerely pray for “daily bread”? A fresh take on Jesus’ words, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
While many people in the world struggle to supply their basic needs, others are abundantly blessed. Let's explore why some are blessed with more.
When the Israelites asked God for bread, He brought down manna from the sky. But when we pray “Give us this day our daily bread” food doesn’t rain from the heavens! The Lord’s provision may be the same, but His methods are different.
As our ultimate example, we strive to follow Jesus’ model for working, eating, playing, and praying.
It’s been said that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Let's look at a few biblical illustrations that help us gain a better understanding of what “sin” really is. Painting a challenging, but helpful portrait.