God can reveal His will to us in many ways. God can show us His will through godly counselors (Prov 19:20; 24:6). Sometimes God will use circumstances, the inner voice of the Holy Spirit, or even visions and dreams to reveal His will. But remember: Any true leading of God will agree with the principles of Scripture! God will not violate or change what He has already said or promised (Num 23:19,20; Ps 33:11; Jas 1:17).
It is important to remember to stay submitted to God, obey Him in all things, and daily put our trust in God through prayer. He will then direct us (Prov 3:5,6).
“GIVE US THIS DAY…”
Jesus continues teaching the disciples how to pray when He says: “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matt 6:11).
Jesus assures us that God loves us as our Father and desires to give us good things (Matt 7:11). He wants to provide for us such good things as: work to earn our food; strength and health to work and serve Him; wisdom; godly relationships; shelter; clothing – but He tells us to ask Him (Jas 4:2).
We must come to God in prayer, asking and seeking (Luke 11:5-13) in order to receive from Him. Even though God already knows what we need (Matt 6:8), He still wants us to talk to Him about our needs and desires and submit them to Him.
What a great privilege God has given us, to commune daily with Him and talk to Him about our needs. Our spiritual life is much more rich and fulfilling when we look to God for everything – and praise Him for every provision! Every good thing we have is from God (Jas 1:17).
We must remain simple and trusting in our prayer life. We do not need to ask for a storehouse of future provision; we are to ask for, and depend upon God for, the bread of today (Matt 6:25-34). The word daily is best translated as “necessary” or “sufficient”. God knows what is best for us; it may not be grand, but it will be His adequate provision, and as such it will come with His blessings!
We must be satisfied with what God gives us for today, and leave the needs of tomorrow in His wise and faithful hands (Matt 6:34; Phil 4:11; 1Tim 6:6-8,17; Heb 13:5).
Jesus reminded us, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matt 4:4). Our temporal needs are to be balanced with our spiritual needs. We need more than just food and clothing. We must depend upon God’s nourishment and provision for our entire being – body, soul and spirit.
As we submit our day to the Lord and ask for His provision for that day, we can expect His grace, strength, provision, help, wisdom – all that we need! Thank you, Lord, that You are the All-Sufficient One – and You give us sufficient, daily bread (2 Cor 3:4,5).
FORGIVE OUR SINS
Another priority in prayer is forgiveness, both receiving it from God and extending it to others: “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Matt 6:12).
In Jesus’ pattern for prayer, He included our personal need for regular, daily cleansing and forgiveness from God.