Today's Reading: Matthew 6: 9-15
K E Y V E R S E S:
"Give us today our daily bread" Mt6:11
Often when I ask "Have you prayed about it? I often hear the response "Oh but I can't ask God for things for myself, besides He already knows what I need". What an interesting perspective. Many of us find it easy to pray for others but more difficult or pray for our own needs.
When I think about my children, I usually already know about the needs they have, and could just fulfil them, however I love it when they come and ask me for things rather than assuming I will just sort it. Why is that? Because it builds relationship between me and my children, it shows me that they really want something and it's not just a whim, and it helps them to realise that sometimes they can't solve everything on their own and need to trust someone else. All of these things enhance my relationship with them, and it gives me great delight to provide what they need.
The same can be said of God, He is a good Father who loves to give good gifts to His children. He wants us to ask (Matt7:7) he wants to develop that intimate open relationship with us, rather than be a far-off benefactor.
"If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" Mt7:11
• Pray for a need within your family
• Pray for a personal need you have right now
• Continue to pray for the world around us at this time