This song has been on my heart and on my lips for the past few weeks. Before we started today’s devotional I wanted to share it with you.
We’re plunging into a series on the Lord’s Prayer as found in Matthew 6. Our guest writer Lori Coles’ explanation of how she was using the prayer in her own life is also the explanation of why we’re not starting at the beginning! But, we’ll get there… never fear.
I have been praying through part of the Lord’s Prayer as a springboard to my prayer time, and I’m learning exciting things. First some background on me. I grew up in a church where we said the Lord’s Prayer in unison every week. So I knew it by heart, and could rattle it off at a moment’s notice. But I was simply reciting it. I couldn’t tell you where it was in the Bible, and I didn’t think much about it’s meaning.
Over the years I have heard sermons about it, and grew to appreciate it as the words of Jesus teaching His followers how to pray. My revised understanding was that it was not a prayer to be recited, but a blueprint of how to pray.
In these past few months, I have been praying though parts of it. I tried to use the whole thing, but I felt myself slipping back into reciting it by rote. And so I’ve been breaking it into smaller pieces.
“Give us this day our daily bread.” Here’s a question: What hits you the most about this request? The fact that we are told we can ask God for things? The fact that bread is something we need (sustenance) rather than want (filet mignon)? For me it’s the scope. I am asking today for what I need today.
Remember when the Israelites were wandering in the desert for 40 years on their way to the Promised Land (Exodus 16)? God gave them manna (food) each day. But there was a catch. They had to eat all the manna they gathered that day. If they saved any for the next day, it would become spoiled. They had to trust God each day for providing for them that day.
Sometimes when I prayed, I’d ask God to protect me all week. Now there’s nothing wrong with that. But, because of what God is teaching me as I ask Him to “Give us this day our daily bread,” I am reminded that I need to go to Him & spend time with Him every day. It’s helped me not to jump ahead and borrow trouble from the future.
Amen. Thank you Lor. And thanks also go to Ferryl for the first digiscrap page (using the OSAi Hope For Lily charity collab) and to Vicky (Cilenia Curtis’ Artists ArtBoxes 05, 06 & 12; Cilenia Curtis’ Inklings 2; Graphics Fairy Cook; Fonts for Title: Lauren Script and Times New Roman; Font for Background Script: Scrap Script; and, the sun is a Photoshop Shape).
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