GIVE US THIS DAY, OUR DAILY BREAD

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I was just thinking about how much I appreciate God as my Provider. Thank God, we don’t have to fend for ourselves, amen? Therefore, if you are trusting God to make a way for you, today my goal is simply to remind you that the Lord is indeed your Provider. In fact, He calls Himself Jehovah Jireh, the Lord Who Provides.

In the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus gave the example of how to pray. When He said, “Give us this day, our daily bread,” He was encouraging His disciples to view God as Provider and seek Him for what they needed. However, when this important phrase is broken down into its basic components, spiritual truths for living the worry-free life become even more evident.

Give us…

Recognize God as the supplier of your needs. He is Jehovah Jireh and needs you to deeply understand 1) you have no ability to provide for yourself, and 2) your employer is not your source. Provision for your needs is His job alone. Your job is simply to follow the instructions He gives that will lead to provision. You have slipped into thinking you are the supplier of your own needs when you worry about where provision will come from. God hates self-sufficiency, and therefore you must resist the temptation to make your own way and get provision for yourself.  Prayer in this area is important so that you maintain a posture of dependence on God for everything.

This day…

Live one day at a time. God is focused on a specific window of time called “one day.” When you start to get anxious, wondering when provision will show up, remember that anxiety lurks outside of the window of today. You probably have your focus where it should NOT be: on tomorrow. Know that God is faithful, and He will only give you provision for the window of time He promised called today. Actually, today is all you really have. A wise woman once said, “Tomorrow is not even promised; you may die or Jesus may come.” If you have what you need today, God has fulfilled His obligation to you.

Our daily bread.

You can count on Him to be true to His Word and not allow a day to go by where you don’t have what you need. However, “Our” indicates that one person’s daily bread is different from another. God will give you what you need, and comparing what you have to other is dangerous and unnecessary. “Daily” indicates that the provision is repetitive and without ceasing day in and day out. Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Therefore, be confident the Lord will continuously provide the “Bread” of unceasing emotional, spiritual, and physical nourishment for you each day.

So as I meditate on the prayer, “Give us this day, our daily bread,” I want to make it my business to maintain the mindset of a receiver. If we want to stay in peace, we have got to stay away from self-sufficiency, which is pride in disguise, and look to God as our provider. Therefore, I encourage you to stay in today. Stay in faith and expect God to show up faithfully and provide His unique daily bread for your life.

 

Do you have a testimony of how God provided for you?  Please share and leave a comment below.

 

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