Matthew 6:9, Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. 10Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread, 12and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Yesterday, we learned from Matthew 6:10 two principles of prayer. In this text, Jesus taught us that we must pray for redemption, and we must glorify God. Today we are going to look at the fourth principle that Jesus teaches us in the Lord’s Prayer. Matthew 6:11 says, “Give us this day our daily bread…” The fourth principle is to ask for our daily physical needs. Notice the first three principles of prayer are all centered on the Lord, and only after we praise the Lord and humble ourselves before Him, are our hearts ready to petition Him for our needs.
One of the best ways to examine your heart is to listen to your prayers. Are your prayers solely focused on you? Or are they focused on the Lord? Jesus shows us that we must pray for ourselves, but we should not be the center of our prayers. We can confidently ask God to provide for us because we are His sons and daughters. Also, God is completely sovereign, and He cares about you. He feeds the birds of the air and provides for the lilies of the field. How much more does He care for you? Your requests never burden the Lord, and He always hears the prayers of His children.
Have a blessed day!
HIGH SCHOOL MINISTER