Thursday, June 14, 2007

Our problems are never a strain on God’s provision.-Daily Bread Devotional

Not long ago, I traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to lead a Bible conference. I took in the beauty of the Nyungwe Forest and Ruzizi River, which separates Congo from Rwanda. I experienced the amazing hospitality of the Congolese people, and I was moved by their sincere faith in God’s provision.
Because unemployment, poverty, and malnutrition are serious problems there, the people often don’t know where their next meal will come from. So each time they sit down to eat, they thank God and ask Him to provide the next meal.
Their prayer sounds a lot like Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 6:11, “Give us this day our daily bread.” The word bread refers to any food. The phrase “this day” indicates provision that came to them one day at a time.
Many first-century workers were paid one day at a time, so a few days’ illness could spell tragedy. “Daily” could be translated “for the coming day.” The prayer would read: “Give us today our bread for the coming day.” It was an urgent prayer to those who lived from hand to mouth.
This prayer calls Jesus’ followers everywhere to recognize that our ability to work and earn our food comes from God’s hand. —Marvin WilliamsMarvin Williams-->
Lord, thank You for our daily breadAnd everything that You provide;Increase our faith and help us seeThat Your supply is deep and wide. —Sper
Our problems are never a strain on God’s provision.
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Give us this day our daily bread. —Matthew 6:11

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