How To Pray For Daily Bread
So Matthew, Chapter 6, we begin in Verse 9. Matthew, Chapter 6, and Verse 9: "After this manner therefore pray ye; Our Father Which art in heaven, Hallowed by Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." And then we come to the key phrase for the message today: "Give us this day our daily bread." Now I want you to see that this prayer is a model prayer. It's not primarily the Lord's Prayer, as it is often called because in this prayer forgiveness is asked for. Jesus never needed to pray for forgiveness, did he? Of course, not. He was sinless. So it was not the Lord's Prayer. It is the disciples' prayer, or more aptly, a model prayer. He didn't tell us to pray this exact prayer, though you may if you wish, but He said pray in this manner. And remember He prefaced it by saying that it's not the length of our prayer, the loudness of our prayer, the language of our prayer or the logic of our prayer that is really all that important. We're not heard for our much speaking. We're not come to, uh, argue with God or to shout at God. But prayer is the heart speaking to God and a child communing with his father. Now, we've talked about other aspects of this prayer, but, oh, I want to tell you the one today is exciting because it tells me that God is going to meet my needs. Do you have any needs? Wonderful. Then God, dear Friend, is here to meet your needs. You see, this is a model prayer. Jesus was not just saying that the only thing that we could pray for was bread, but He used that to be illustrative of any need that we have. For the Bible says in the Book of Philippians, Chapter 4, in Verse 19: "But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches and glory by Christ Jesus." And why shouldn't He? Now, listen. We think about our obligation to God, and we have some, but have you ever thought about God's obligation to you? I brought some children into this world, and when I brought those ...
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