The Provision Of Prayer

God wants us to daily ask for natural and spiritual provision. Matthew 6:11 – “Give us this day our daily bread.”

God Wants Us To Pray For Natural Provision

It’s not wrong to pray for a home in a safe neighborhood. It’s not wrong to pray for a good job that provides for you and your family. It’s not wrong to pray for a reliable vehicle. These prayers are not selfish. We know this is not wrong to pray this way, because this is part of the Lord’s prayer and Jesus taught us to pray in this manner.

Exodus 16:4 – Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them whether they will walk in My law or not. (Verse 5) And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.

Why doesn’t the Lord’s prayer say, “Give us our daily bread?” Is not, “give us this day” and “daily” redundant? God wanted the children of Israel to depend on His provision every day. He wants us to depend on Him every day for everything.

If we don’t look to God for our daily provision, we will begin to look for provision from some other source. And when a person begins to look for provisions from some other source, whether its another person or the government, they are going to be disappointed!

God designed us to eat daily. Why didn’t He design us to eat only once a month? He did it to remind us that we are to depend on Him daily. He also did it because He wants to talk to us daily, not once a month. Don’t you talk to someone you have a relationship with daily? So, daily bread represents, “God, I’m going to trust you for my provision.”

Exodus 16:15 – So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat. (The word “manna” means “What is it?”, in Hebrew. This seed had to be gathered and prepared. God provided the bread, but they still had to work to prepare it.)

This is still true today: We still have to work hard on our part, and God blesses our work. Exodus16:16 – “This is the thing which the LORD has commanded: ‘Let every man gather it according to each one’s need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.’ “ (omer is a measurement)

(Verse 17) And the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less. (Verse 18) So when they measured it by omers, he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Every man had gathered according to each one’s need.

God provided what each person needed. We are to pray for our daily need. If you have a family of five, then pray for the needs of all five. We don’t just pray for something to eat. Whatever the need is, we pray for that. It could be medical needs, clothing, housing, and so on. Provision comes from God in all areas.

Proverbs 30:8 – Remove falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches – feed me with the food You prescribe for me.

So depending on a person’s needs, that will be given. Agur, which wrote this proverb, says, “give me neither poverty nor riches,” because if he has too much he might grow stingy and if he doesn’t have enough he might steal.

Do you know that in the body of Christ, these two extremes are being preached today? Some preach a “Prosperity gospel,” and some preach a “Poverty” gospel. I’ve heard both. However, Jesus preached a “Provision gospel.” When we ask God to provide for us and we do it daily, it keeps us dependant upon Him.

God Wants Us To Pray For Spiritual Provision

In the Lord’s prayer, the word bread is used, not the word food. Why? Because our needs are not just physical. Bread also has a spiritual meaning in Scripture.

John 6:33 – “For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

Jesus was talking about not only the actual bread that Moses prayed for but then tells them “The bread came from the Father,” meaning Himself, to the world. Right after that passage, they said, “Give us this bread.” Sometimes they just didn’t get it. Jesus had to be very plain and said, “I am the bread!”

Jesus clarifies this when He is being tempted in Matthew 4:4 – But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ “

Jesus had quoted from Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy 8:3 – “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.

How about we also pray for our daily needs, but pray for the word that proceeds from His mouth to cover us. Is there a situation in your life today that it would be good if you got a word from God? Some might think, “I don’t know how to hear from God.” However, you have your Bible, so why not read it every day. Our answers to everything we need is in there.

The Lord has told us to “Ask!” Praise at the beginning and praise at the end, but the in between is asking. God wants to provide for us physically and spiritually.

Do you remember Jesus saying, “You have not because you ask not?”, well just ask. Do some of you have difficulty sleeping at night because you can’t turn your brain off? The primary reason that a lot of people have a hard time sleeping is that they are worried there won’t be any manna on the ground when they get up in the morning. Whether it’s a financial need, a family need, they just can’t seem to figure it out.

Does God’s word not tell us that His mercies are new every morning? Our manna will be on the ground for that day. We get stressed because we try to go beyond today with the “What if’s? What if this happens, what if that doesn’t happen?” We have to learn that our God is going to take care of us each day with provision.

Trusting God every day is a test for us. Tithing is a test also. Do you believe if you give ten percent that the ninety percent left is enough to pay what needs to be paid? It’s a test.

When the Israelites gathered too much manna in one day, it was rotten when they woke up the next day. They didn’t trust God for more to be there the next day. Some of them failed the test.

We do the same thing by not being as generous as we should be holding on and hoarding, thinking God may not provide tomorrow. If we hold on to more than we should, it will rot. It’s a good thing to save, but don’t hold onto more than we ought. We are to help others when we can.

Here’s the other thing: If you think you can make more money by working seven days a week and don’t rest a day, you will burn out. That’s not trusting God for your provision on the day you need to rest. Living by faith is not putting your family in jeopardy by taking any of this to one extreme or another. Let God’s word be your guide.

Isaiah 65:24 – “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer.

God has already worked your answer out before you even ask: “And while they are still speaking, I will hear.” 

All we have to do is ask!

 

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