Word 4U Today

PRAYER FORMULA? (4)

PRAYER FORMULA? (4)

The first part of the Lord’s Prayer puts things in perspective. ‘Our Father…’ reminds us we are
part of God’s family. ‘Hallowed be your name’ tells you God is no ordinary Dad – He is holy.
To be respected. The God of the impossible.

Next,

‘Your kingdom come; your will be done…’ prompts us to put God’s way first.

Nothing but nobody challenges God in Heaven. We’d do well to remember that too.

Now comes the second part. We start to remember ourselves. We approach God as His child and ask for His help: ‘Give us this day our daily bread…’ The word Jesus used here literally meant food— nourishment.

In other words, give us our three square meals to keep us going. God cares for our everyday needs. Food to keep us fit and healthy. A home to keep us safe and warm. Friends and family to keep us loved and loving. Our daily bread is all this.

Our self-preservation instincts kick in too hard sometimes: What if I don’t get a job? What if I do, but I get terminated? What if I can’t afford to eat? How do I pay my bills? What if I never meet someone to spend the rest of my life with? Well. God doesn’t promise everyone a millionaire mansion and matching supermodel. But you can bet your stars God knows just what you do need. And when you need it. And how it will be provided. So learn to trust. Trust Him.

What Now?
There are so many people on this planet who literally don’t have ‘daily bread’. Today we
challenge you to do something about it – consider sponsoring a child (ask some of our volunteers
at the Edge Media for some directions on who you can help).

‘Give us each day our daily bread’ Luke 11:3 NRV

Joy Ferdiz

May 13th, 2014

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