A different way to live

Have you ever stopped to think about where the money the disciples used to buy things came from? I guess the reason we don’t really know where they got their money was because it wasn’t all that important. I mean they were walking around with God in the flesh, so I’m pretty sure he could have taken care of their physical needs without a dime.

They called on God to supply his troops with necessities.

Give us this day our daily bread (Matthew 6:11).

Notice the prayer Jesus prayed was also in keeping with the teaching he was getting ready to share. He was getting ready to teach them about worrying about these things. And in the prayer he taught them how to pray for them. He wasn’t teaching them to pray for food for tomorrow. He wasn’t teaching them to ask for God to be working in their 401(k). He wasn’t teaching them to pray for all the things they hope to have down the road. He was teaching them trust God for what they need today and He will provide it.

And they certainly lived this out a time or two. There were certainly times when they could’ve used a little extra food but they didn’t have it. So, Jesus showed them what he meant. He prayed and they fed thousands of people. I wonder if we’ve heard that story too many times. Because I wonder if we’ve lost some of the awe for what God did that day. He, the living bread, fed thousands of people with bread. When he taught the disciples to pray for their daily bread, certainly that would be the image that came to their minds when they would do that down the road.

But then, there’s this. God will provide all our needs. He’s rich. The earth is the Lord’s (along with the stars and all the universe) and everything in it. So, He knows what we need before we ask it and has prepared a way for us. But, it’s more than just the food we need for today. We aren’t just here to live and breath, to eat and drink, to go through life consuming what we need day by day. And this certainly isn’t an excuse for us to not be in the process of preparing for the future. But, we’re more than just cattle roaming the hills of the earth. We are made in His image and we were put here with his purpose.

It’ obvious that cattle and birds and deer and whatever other creature you can think of are going to be taken care of. Have you ever seen a cow, pretty much all they do all day long is eat grass. What a life to live. Walk around eating and chewing and regurgitating food all day long. It doesn’t sound real appealing does it. And yet, that’s what many of us do much of the time. Sure we add in a few TV shows and a social gathering here and there. But, in reality, we’re not doing much more more than the cow is doing.

We’re here for a purpose and it’s not to eat and drink, live and breath, make it til we die. We are here because God has a mission for the people He has created on this earth. And He has chosen us to fulfill that mission. He has put it on our shoulders to reach the people of the world with the message of the gospel. Yes, He sent His Son into the world, and He walked and lived the perfect example for us and died for us and rose for us, but he also ascended back to Heaven. Now what? If God wanted to do it on His own, why take Jesus back to Heaven with Him? Because He doesn’t want to do it on His own, He wants us to be those who fulfill His mission.

And if He wants us to fulfill that mission, He will also give us everything we need to be able to accomplish that mission. He will give us this day, our daily bread. He will give us what we need to live for today and do everything He wants us to do for today. So when you pray, don’t just pray for food to fill your stomach. Pray for the bread we need to be able to accomplish the mission God has given us in the world. Pray for God to give us the power we need to be able to reach the lost for His glory. Pray for him to give us the boldness we need to be able to share the Gospel. Pray for Him to give us the wisdom and revelation of His word to be able to live by it and that the world may see our lives and glorify our Father in Heaven. Pray that he would give us the right amount of salt to add to conversations with those in our 8 to 15. Pray for God to give you what you need today, to accomplish the mission He has for you today. “Give us this day, our daily bread.”

The Three for Morning, Afternoon and Evening.

“Now for Next” Prayer

What do we need to do now as a church to be ready for what God has for us next.

“What’s My Role” Prayer

Pray for God to show us the role we will play individually in accomplishing that mission.

The Conclusion

Ephesians 3:14-21

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.