Prayer

Chaplain David John Peacock
Shelby Baptist Medical Center

If you are like me, asking God for things that I need has been difficult. I think about all the people around the world with greater needs than I have, and I wonder if my needs were really that important to God.  I have learned that one purpose of prayer was for it to be an opportunity for people to ask God to provide for what they need.  All throughout scripture, God invites people to involve His Providential hand to bring supernatural provision in their lives. 

In Matthew 6:19 Jesus models how we can ask God for what we need in the Lord’s Prayer; “Give us this day our daily bread”.  Many of the people that Jesus was talking to that day in Galilee did not know where their next meal would come from.  They had other needs like shelter, protection from their enemies and medical needs as well.  

When the Children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, God provided daily food called Manna.  Another time in scripture, Jesus multiplied some fish and bread given to Him to feed over 5000 people to show them that God can be trusted to provide for their needs.  God still can multiply what we give to Him to supernaturally provide for the things we cannot make happen on our own! You see God already knows what you need, and prayer is the vehicle to invite God to be active in our lives!  

What are your needs today? 

*For a relationship to be restored?

*For a financial commitment?

*For a health concern?

*For a loved one?

*For food?

*For help with an addiction?

*For God to guide you to a church home?

Whatever you need, just know that God loves you unconditionally, and He wants to come alongside you in your time of need.  He may not answer your prayers like you want them answered, or when you want them answered, but He wants to be Jehovah Jireh (“The Lord who Provides”) in our lives!

Prayer: God help us to pray like Jesus did. May we trust You with what we need, when we need it and how we need it.  Lord I need ______________________    today. I ask that You provide for my need like you provided for the Children of Israel and for the 5000. In Jesus name, Amen!”

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