Matthew 6:11 “Give us this day our daily bread”
After looking at the first angle of the top verse meaning, God’s word should be our priority desire, we can move to pray the second prayer within the same line “Give us this day our daily bread” in reference to our needs. I don’t see how we can effectively pray for “our daily” needs without our requests for daily needs are filtered through the word. The bible says, “We don’t get because we don’t ask and if we also ask we ask a miss…” paraphrased.
There are two key words in this line that will definitely change how we approach God with needs. We have “US” and “OUR”. In as much as we desire our needs met by God, we need to understand that there is someone somewhere in need of the same things too, and we are allowed to be in some situations that we might remember to lift up someone else’ needs too. This is what I would call corporate blessings while interceding for others. It’s easy not to pray for someone else in a situation when you are not in it too. Happens to me a lot.
On this verse alone, we understand that it is God first, other’s second, me third. Loving God first and loving my neighbors as much as I love myself. That my blessings can never be complete until my brother and or my sister has received their portion. I therefore pray for them that they too may receive. I have heard people say that they have nothing to offer, well prayer can be offered on someone’s behalf. I used to offer prayers about what affected me and mentioned my family in prayers and that was it, I later realized that someone’s marriage was on the rocks and needed prayers, someone was sick, someone’s family was going through tough times, some of my colleagues at work were going through tough times, my surrounding were filled by unsaved in need of prayers for salvation. The more I prayed for other people’s needs, the more I was blessed myself. There are certain things I received not because I prayed for them but because I lifted up someone’s needs, this is in relation to the topic we did before, “the power of borrowing vessels”. Take care of God’s business and He will take care of yours,
Job 42:10, “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before”. Imagine what Job went through and nothing changes about his situation until towards the end when he prayed for his friends. God would not hear his friends’ prayers because He was angry with them, but when Job prayed for them, God heard his prayers. The bible says, “God is angry with the wicked daily” (paraphrased), how will He hear their prayers if He is angry with them? He will hear the prayers of the ones who He has saved on their behalf. Abraham interceded for Sodom because Lot was there, Moses interceded for his sister Miriam when she had leprosy.
God gives you what you “need” not “want”. Hebrews 10:35&36” Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise”, Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”
When you find yourself in a situation where you are praying for God’s intervention, count it a privilege to be in a position to pray for someone else who may be in the same situation. And the same intensity you have to pray for your need, would be the same intensity you need to pray for someone else. Who knows if the Lord allowed you to be in that situation for the sake of someone else. That He will not hear their prayer directly because they are not right with Him. That where you are may not be necessarily about you though you feel the pinch. Remember God first, other’s second, me third. Blessings Ev
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