Taken from the intimation sheet: 9 March 2014
Last week we looked at the petition “Give us each day our daily bread.” How have you been doing with that prayer that over the last 7 days?
At the end of the sermon I listed 5 things that should happen in our lives if we make this petition a regular feature of our prayer life. Truth be told I added these onto the end of the sermon at the last minute, and on reflection, realised they may be more digestible if you have them on paper! So I’ve decided to list them in the newsletter today.
If we regularly pray this prayer:
1. We will see the Lord provide for our needs
“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
That’s the joy of praying any specific biblically mandated prayer. You see Him answer. There are very few things that breathe life into our souls and courage into our Christian walk like seeing prayers answered.
2. We will be less anxious, and more familiar with the peace of God
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Don’t be anxious, pray to your Father; and rest in his paternal, providential care.
3. We will be less likely to be proud and self-centred
‘Give us our daily bread,’ we’re all in the same boat. We all need God to provide. As the illusion of self-sufficiency is deconstructed day by day, as you see where you truly stand in relation to God, then you are able to look at others through the lens of humility.
4. We will be less likely to be ungrateful
If we consistently ask the Lord to provide for our daily needs, we will remember that if there is food on our table and a roof over our heads, if we are able to live and serve him, it’s only because he has provided. He is the God who graciously gives. There is no explicit thanksgiving in the Lord’s Prayer, but we can’t pray through it regularly and wholeheartedly without being profoundly grateful to God for his goodness and his grace.
5. We will be less likely to wander into ungodliness
We are not ok by ourselves, we need God. Asking the Lord to give us our daily bread ought to remind us to cling closely to him day by day.
To put these things positively – we will be; given what we need, more at peace, more humble, more grateful, more godly!
A small prayer, but it really should play a big part in our Christian life.
In His service