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May 9/10, 2020
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13)
Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11)
Prayer should be a daily expression.
“A man can no more take in a supply of grace for the future, than he can eat enough food for the next six months; or take sufficient air into his lungs at one time to sustain life for a week. We must draw upon God’s boundless store of grace from day-to-day as we need it.” –Dwight Moody
Prayer will become a source of power in your life only when you develop the habit of praying every day.
Don’t begin by focusing on the amount of time you spend with Him.
Don’t focus on the amount of time: just focus on meeting with God every day.
Prayer should be a daily expression of dependence on God.
God provided bread from heaven called manna for the Israelites to eat every single day they were in the wilderness.
Back of the loaf is the snowy flour,
And back of the flour is the mill;
And back of the mill is the wheat, sun and shower,
And the farmer and the Father’s will.
There are several benefits of praying for daily bread:
-It reduces anxiety.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26)
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:31-34)
“Don’t be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
-It will increase your contentment.
-It will enhance your appreciation.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
-It will restore your spiritual energy.
Man doesn’t live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)
When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight. (Jeremiah 15:16)
Prayer should be a daily unselfish expression of dependence upon God.
“Give us this day our daily bread.”
Your greatest need in life is not daily bread; your greatest need is the bread of life.
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. (John 6:51)