Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day. Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light:
Internet connections at home today…hmmm….hope that eventually this morning that this comes through…we shall see… blessings
This week we are meditating and praying in the context of the ‘Lord’s Prayer (continuing)
Jesus, who is God-the-Son/the Son of God, told us to pray this way for specific intention/purpose/reason…
Let us look at the prayer in pieces…and we will keep it simple…meaning…it is rather clear as to the intention/purpose/reason for what/why we are to pray this way:
Matthew 6:11, Jesus said to pray “Give us ‘today’ our daily bread.”
A little further on in this same chapter, Jesus explains: Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do no sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon n all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If this is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you. O you of little faith? So do not worry saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? ‘ For the pagans run after all these things and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his reghteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about iteself. Each days has trouble of its own.
Jesus tells us to, each day, pray to our Father, God, demonstrating our faith and dependence on Him, to supply all our needs. Jesus says that God cares about us more than anything else in creation and that He, God, is quite capable, because He cares, of supplying our needs. And Jesus explains that we would be far better off in the true reality of what ‘life’ is really about…life eternal…by his illustration He explains to us that our life on this earth is soooo very short and that if we can get our minds around that reality and see that true life, the real life, the eternal life, the best life, is living life ‘today’ pursuing God’s plan, God’s program, God’s heart, in our life now which is building into the realm of life in the eternal life after death that we will live in heaven. And thus Jesus says instead of worrying about our problems and stuff we need for ‘today’ in this teenie weenie little part of our whole eternal life….focus on buidling the Kingdom and walking with God in a faith based relationship through the righteousness provided us through and in our relationship with God the Son, Jesus.
Jesus… it is like you said all of that to me personally….I get so lost in the miutia and problems of each day….and I admit I get a bit obsessed in making sure I have all the stuff I think I need, which is way over the top, and then I want the same for my family…..geeze….such a hamster wheel. All I can do is take you at your word and pray the way you ask us to pray…. knowing the our Father in heaven is more than capable of giving me just what I need… ‘so that’ I can focus on what is important to Him…His Kingdom…and His righteousness. Amen
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