Why Should We Pray for “Our Daily Bread?”

“Give us today our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).

Prayer is perhaps the most powerful weapon God has given us to wield on this earth. He hears our prayers, and is capable of answering them miraculously, according to His will. He comforts us and remains close to the brokenhearted. God is with us through the dire circumstances of our lives, and the daily bits of drama. He cares about us. He goes before us. 

When we pray to the Lord each day, we do not yet know the full scope of need we will require to navigate it to the end. “Daily bread” isn’t just provision by means of food and other physical means. He tells us not to worry about the days ahead, because “each day carries enough worry of its own.”God faithfully fills the belly of our souls each day.

What Is the Lord’s Prayer?

The popularly prayed phrase, “give us our daily bread,” is part of the Our Father, or The Lord’s Prayer, taught by Jesus during His famously known Sermon on the Mount. R.C. Sproul writes “the petition of the Lord’s Prayer teaches us to come to God in a spirit of humble dependence, asking Him to provide what we need and to sustain us from day to day.” Jesus was addressing the different behavior pitfalls and temptations his disciples were up against, and gave them a model after which to pray. “Commonly known as ‘The Lord’s Prayer,’ it is really ‘The Disciples’ Prayer,’ since it was meant as a model for them,” explains the NIV Study Bible.

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7 Prayers of Joyful Defiance in a Tired World

Defiance is a disposition to resist. The joy we have in Christ allows us to face adversity through the perspective of victory. Jesus has already defeated death. The strength of God sustains us when we are too tired to trudge through this world. The joy Jesus died to grant us is set apart from fleeting feelings of happiness or sadness. Joy remains regardless of what we’re feeling. It’s a supernatural gift of the Holy Spirit, residing in every believer. This world, though saturated in disaster and discord, will be righted once again by its Creator. Jesus will return to make all things right. And in this tired world, our joyful defiance shines like the stars in the sky on a clear summer night. We can star gaze with a grateful smile knowing we’re loved, and He’s coming soon.

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7 Prayers of Protection for Your Family

Moses wrote to God’s chosen people: “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4 NIV).

Rock, beyond meaning solid and sturdy, is rooted in a privative word meaning “to confine, secure; to shut in, besiege; to shut up, enclose.” God doesn’t just protect and defend us, He secures His own. We live in the freedom of Jesus’ victory. The world is riddled with trauma and its inescapable effect on all of us. But in Christ, our joy cannot be stripped by dire circumstances. Agony on earth is temporary.

Confidently run to the Rock for respite from worry and protection for your family.

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5 Prayers for Discovering Hidden Strength

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

Paul knew, when writing the above verse to the Philippians, his strength wasn’t merely a blessing over his own agenda. The strength Paul unearthed in his own life came from his relationship with Christ. He knew the closer he pulled into His Savior, the more he would be able to endure. We sometimes mistake strength with the ability to push through to the things we want to accomplish and achieve. But when our lives are aligned with God’s plan and purpose for them, we experience the supernatural strength of the Spirit to endure the promised hardship alongside mountain-top moments. The fruits of the Spirit are not developed by our sheer will, rather fostered and uncovered in our souls as we learn more about who God is, and who we are in Christ.

Here are 5 prayers to pray for discovering the strength God’s spirit has placed in you. Pray them with confidence, faith, and trust that He who can move mountains can move powerfully in you too.

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A Triumphant Prayer for Palm Sunday

“So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!’” (John 12:13 ESV)

Triumphant indicates victory or success. Prayer is our lifeline to the Father in heaven, the One True God. Jesus, fully God and fully man, came to earth to fulfill the will of His Father. Our Triune God remains with us, through the incarnation of the Holy Spirit in every believer, made possible by Jesus’ death on the cross! The death and resurrection of Jesus was triumphant, indeed! Jesus was not the military conqueror king God’s people expected.

Through Christ’s death on the cross—alone but for the two criminals beside him and a few faithful followers with his earthly mother, Mary—would triumphantly defeat death. Palm Sunday, and the following days of Holy Week leading up to the Easter celebration of Christ’s resurrection and victory, allow us to witness the very character of our great God. He is loving beyond what we can understand. His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. As we pray today, may every backwards situation and possible failure be revived by the hope we have in Jesus Christ. God is close to the brokenhearted, and Christ came to save all of us.

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