The Source of Our Provisions – Part 3


By Norman Watson
 

Today’s Bible Teaching is part 3 and are my thoughts from a devotional called
“Prayer Power – Learning To Pray Like George Muller” By Pastor
Brent Patrick McDougal taken from Bible.com (YouVersion.com). I encourage you
read parts 1-2 on www.todaysbibleteaching.com
if you have not already read them. 

E. M. Bounds said “Be careful for nothing, but in everything, by supplication
and prayer, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.”
That is the Divine cure for all fear, anxiety, and undue concern of soul, all
of which are closely akin to doubt and unbelief” and in Ephesians 3:20
(AMP) we read “Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do
superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond
our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work
within us,” Jesus is the source of our provisions.  
 

WHAT HE PROVIDES IS
EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED!

Jesus was asked by His disciples how to pray, not that they did not know how to
pray because being Jews they would have prayed several times a day, but
being followers of Jesus they saw and witnessed what true prayer was and they
wanted to learn how to pray like Jesus did. Let us carefully look at the
prayer that Jesus taught them in Matthew 6:9-11 (AMP) 

“Pray, then, in this way (as
a model or pattern
)

‘Our Father, who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. (set apart, keep and
treat as holy, revere) ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done (A plea for God’s kingdom to be
inaugurated on earth
) On earth as it is in heaven.(Including what God wishes to be done
by the individual believer—His commands and precepts
)
‘Give us this day our daily bread.(life’s
essentials
), ‘And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven
our debtors [letting
go of both the wrong and the resentment
]. ‘And do not lead us
into temptation (lead
us away from situations where we are vulnerable and have the opportunity
to sin. God does not tempt man (see James 1:13,
 but does allow man to be tested),
but deliver us from evil. (Or
the evil one
) For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the
glory forever. Amen.”

According to the prayer model or pattern that Jesus gave us in Matthew 6:9-11
let us ask our-self these questions, but first let us pray the following
prayer in Psalm 139:23-24,
 

Search me
[thoroughly], O God, and know my heart;

Test me and know my
anxious thoughts;

And see if there is
any wicked or hurtful way in me,

And lead me in the
everlasting way.

Let the Holy Spirit now help you answer these questions,

1. Is there any sins that need to be confessed and repented of?

2. What am I praying for? (Is it a need or a want?)

3. How am I praying? (is it self centered or God centered?)

The Holy Spirit will ask you more questions, so be ready to sincerely answer
those questions as your heart goes through the heavenly examination.

 

Goodness of God
(by CeCe Winans)
https://youtu.be/-AwLTeMyq20

I love You, Lord
For Your mercy never fails me
All my days
I’ve been held in Your hand
From the moment that I wake up
Until I lay my head
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God

‘Cause all my life You have been faithful
And all my life You have been so so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God

I love Your voice
You have led me through the fire
In darkest night
You are close like no other
I’ve known You as a father
I’ve known You as a friend
And I have lived in the goodness of God (Hey)

‘Cause all my life You have been faithful
(Oh yes you have)
And all my life You have been so so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God

Your goodness is running after
It’s running after me
Your goodness is running after
It’s running after me
With my life laid down
I surrender now
I give You everything (Oh Lord)
Your goodness is running after
It’s running after me

Your goodness is running after (Oh yeah)
It’s running after me
Your goodness is running after (Oh yeah)
It’s running after me
With my life laid down
I surrender now
I give You everything (Everything)
Your goodness is running after
It’s running after me

And all my life You have been faithful
And all my life You have been so so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh, I’m gonna sing of the goodness of God
I’m gonna sing

All my life You have been faithful (All of my life You’ve been faithful)
All my life You have been so so good (So good, with every breath)
With every breath that I am able (Every breath I’m able)
I will sing (I’m gonna sing) of the goodness of God
Yes I am
I will sing of the goodness of God
I’m gonna sing of the goodness of God
 

 

The Source of Our
Provisions – Part 3

 

Jesus taught us to pray for daily bread. In today’s economy, that means enough
money for rent, groceries, and other essentials. In Jesus’s time, “daily
bread” literally meant daily bread. Many people didn’t know if they would have
enough for each day.

It’s hard for us to understand that kind of living. We are immersed in a system
in which our needs are provided for and then some. The result is that we
don’t really link our daily needs with the Lord. We don’t pray for the little
things we need, like wisdom, or the courage to speak up, or freedom from
worry, or God’s protection of those we love. We don’t pray that others will
have their daily bread.

We don’t give thanks for what God gives or pause long enough to think that God
may have provided more than enough for us so that we can give to others.

Could it be that our lives are filled with anxiety, frustration, and fear
because we have forgotten that God is our provider? Could it be that
we don’t experience more of the “immeasurably more” promise of God because
we haven’t learned to daily trust in the living Lord?

George Müller lived on the edge of faith regarding his finances. He dreamed a
big dream of opening orphanages for thousands of children. Müller trusted
in God alone to provide. He never asked anyone for donations but instead
prayed, waiting on the Lord and watching for ways that God would provide.

One day, the needs of the orphanage were exceedingly great. Having nothing for
the day’s expenses, Müller watched the mail for a donation that could
provide bread and milk for the orphans.

When the postman didn’t deliver any funds, Müller continued to pray. It wasn’t
long before ten pounds that had been sent to another orphanage made its
way to him. It was just enough for the day’s expenses. God had provided the
resources in a surprising way.

Coincidence? Luck? If this was a one-time event, there might be reason to doubt
it. But Müller had similar experiences over and over and over again.

The simplest explanation is the most likely one. God hears our prayers,
delights in helping us, and sends aid when we need it the most. 

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