Today’s Verse

Give us day by day our daily bread.

Luke 11:3

Friday, July 1

Imagine how Jesus’ prayer life must have intrigued the disciples. Perhaps they experimented a bit, following His example. Respectfully, they waited until His prayer time had ceased and then they asked, “Lord teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

In the Scriptures, we see three great activities of God’s people: praise, proclamation and prayer. It is interesting that we do not have to be taught to praise or proclaim the grace of God, but we do have to be taught to pray.

These verses in Luke 11 are known as The Model Prayer. They serve as an outline, a framework or a blueprint upon which our personal prayers can be directed to heaven. Principle #1 is that I am to pray consistently. In my consistency, there should be an unmistakable consecration.

Jesus prayed to Our Father which art in heaven. We are addressing Almighty God, the Ancient of Days, the First and the Last, the omnipotent, omniscient, transcendent, radiant God of the universe. Yet, He is our loving Father. His name is to be hallowed or made holy in our eyes. We are to long for His kingdom and His will to be done.

I should acknowledge my circumstances. We are to ask for daily bread, or for our daily necessities. We are to bring everything, even the simplest needs to God. There is nothing wrong with praying over each and every purchase that we make to ensure the will of God! 

I challenge you today and in the days to come to acknowledge your circumstances.

Weekly Memory Verse

The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.

Ezra 8:22

"Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night."
- George Herbert

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