In the book of Matthew, Jesus teaches us how to pray. He says,

“In this manner, therefore, pray:
“Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” Matthew 6:9-13

This is a lesson in prayer from God Himself and He shows us, beyond a shadow of a doubt, who God wants as the main provider in our lives.

Jesus supplies our bread. Jesus keeps us from temptation. Jesus protects us from the evil one. And Jesus even gives us the grace to forgive others by forgiving us first. All we ever need, Jesus supplies. To be all He wants us to be, He supplies the grace. All we need to do is look to Him and let His will be done.

Sometimes we have a problem letting Him have His way. We think that when we let God have His way, He is going to keep us from all of life’s pleasures and make us lead an austere life of poverty and deprivation. This could not be further from the truth. Jesus, in teaching us how to pray, unveils for us God’s will for us on earth as it is in heaven. Let’s look again at what it is.

After He says Your will be done, He says, Give us our daily bread. So what is the first thing that He wants to do? What is first on His will? Yes. He wants to feed us. Forgiving our sins, keeping us from the evil one, that’s all important and He will do those too. But what is first on our Heavenly Father’s mind? Daily bread.

When God delivered Israel from the Egyptians, they wandered around in the desert. When they got hungry, they started complaining and in return this was God’s response.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day,…” Exodus 16:4

“And Moses also said, “This shall be seen when the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to the full; for the Lord hears your complaints which you make against Him.” Exodus 16:8

DESPITE the people complaining against God, God was still faithful and provided. Not only did He provide food, it wasn’t mere sustenance. There was bread in the morning; carbohydrates for energy, and meat in the evening; protein for muscle recovery. God is comprehensive. He knows our needs, even down to the nutrition that we need for a day of hard walking. He was the first ever dietitian!

And even more than that, when God supplies, He always over supplies.

There were two occasions Jesus fed the masses. In the instance when He fed five thousand, recorded for us in John chapter 6, the disciples gave us a quantifiable idea of just how massive an undertaking it was to feed all of them.

“Phillip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” John 6:7

Now two hundred denarii is estimated to be about 8 month’s pay for an average Israelite living at that time. So that was no mean feat.

In the second instance, the apostle Matthew tells us in chapter 15 that there were about four thousand men, not including women and children. We get the idea.

In the first instance, Jesus, waiting till after the multitudes had their fill, asked His disciples to gather the balance, and this was their report,

“Therefore they gathered them up, and filled TWELVE BASKETS with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.” John 6:13

Similarly in the instance of the four thousand,

“So they all ate and were filled, and they took up SEVEN LARGE BASKETS full of the fragments that were left.” Matthew 15:37

Jesus is a God who over supplies!

But what is even more interesting, is that there was a greater amount left over when He was trying to feed more people! This tells us that the greater the challenge, the greater is God’s over supply! What a comfort to behold!

Jesus is in the business of feeding and He knows our every need. He says,

“Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?”. For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33

Friend, Jesus has laid before you a feast fit for kings. Will you come to Him now and feast at His table? He is calling out to you now to come home to Him and let Him provide for you. Let Him feed you. Give Him your cares and worries. You need not carry them at all. For the prophet Isaiah says,

“Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;” Isaiah, 53:4

Isn’t the Holy Spirit, who inspired Isaiah’s writing, so wonderful? Jesus did not just carry one problem, from one person, He carried all our GRIEFS with the ‘s’ AND our SORROWS with the ‘s’.

So don’t carry your problem anymore. Come home to Jesus. There is room at the table for you. Come and feast on His goodness, grace and provision. Let Jesus feed you today.

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