Keys to a Powerful Prayer Life: Our Daily Bread
Jesus used the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 to guide his disciples in how to pray. Each line is another key I want to hand you for how to pray. We first enter into the presence of God with deep awareness and appreciation for both his Fatherly love and his divine holiness. We then ask with boldness and confidence for heaven to come to earth. We want to partner with his heart and will for this broken world. The next key is this: “Give us this day our daily bread.” What are your needs today? What is troubling your heart? Where are you lacking? In Jesus’ day, people did not have refrigerators or freezers. This term “daily bread” was basically a shopping list for the day. If you were to take a moment and write out a “shopping list” of things you needed to pick up, both literally or figuratively, what would you need? Hope? Food? Energy? Perspective? Money? Take a moment and make a list of your “daily bread” needs for today. The Bible says that tomorrow has enough worries of its own and we should not be anxious about those things (Matthew 6:34). In fact, no one is even guaranteed tomorrow. We must live for today. Ask Daddy in heaven to supply your every need TODAY. He promises that he will. He gave manna to the Israelites as they wandered through the wilderness for 40 years (Exodus 16:35)! He has provision for your needs as well. God is faithful! Ask him to show his faithfulness to you today. Chances are, he will do exceedingly more than that. Ephesians 3:20 says God “is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.” As you ask him for your “daily bread,” know his heart is to give you that and more.