“Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11)
Jesus taught his disciples to pray for daily provision. In the New American Commentary, Craig Blomberg notes that “the [Lord’s] prayer makes request for our needs and not our greed (cf. Jas 4:3).” In light of that, we’ll pray for three things today:
Firstly, pray that we would recognize our needs. Yesterday we prayed for God’s will to be done in our church. Today we want to pray that we would prioritize our finances accordingly—that having recognized God’s will, that we would direct our finances towards those ends rather than ends of our own design.
Secondly, pray that God would continue to provide for our daily needs:
- facility needs (utilities, insurance, maintenance, etc.)
- ministry needs (staff, curriculum, missionary support, outreach events, etc.)
- benevolence needs (helping those in need in our church and community)
Thirdly, pray for spiritual provision as well as financial provision. In our study of Acts, we have noted that what occurred on Pentecost was not accomplished by the disciples, but by the Holy Spirit acting through them. We could have all the financial provision in the world and accomplish little for the Kingdom if we rely only on finances and not on the Spirit.