“Our Father which are in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever Amen.” Matthew 6:9-12
Today’s Christian daily devotional
“Make sure to drink plenty of water.” The nurse behind the counter hands me an orange jug.
I am on a twenty-four hour fast to get a proper reading for my blood and urine. Tucking the large plastic urinal under my arm, I am quite aware that being healthy is not always a glamorous thing.
Despite my lack of caffeine, I am doing pretty well for a Monday morning. But, it is only 9 a.m. As lunchtime approaches, my stomach loudly grumbles. It is a reminder to me that I am more primal than I would like to think. I’m hungry, but it feels like I am starving.
Put-zing around the kitchen, I open the refrigerator and every cabinet door, reading food labels while sucking on ice. This only makes me more ravenous. Oh, how I regret that I didn’t eat more when I had the chance!
In Matthew 6:9-12, Jesus Himself instructs believers how to pray to God. He prays for our provisions to be met—and in those provisions, He specifically mentions bread.
I believe Jesus’ had a two-fold meaning to this simple word. The reason for this is, several times throughout the New Testament, Christ called Himself the Bread of Life and the Living Word of God.
When we pray for our physical needs to be met, let it be a reminder that we must also eat daily from the Word of God for our spiritual strength.
When we take the time to read God’s Word, it will empower us to carry out the rest of our needs brought to our attention in Matthew 6:9-12. After strengthening ourselves by reading the Word, we will then have the power to forgive our debtors and to be able to resist the temptations of sin.
Fill up with the Word of God every chance you get. Because when you need it, you will be able draw from your memory the verses that will bring you strength.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I cannot go without physical food for one day without feeling the pain of my lack. Yet, how many days, months or years have I gone without feeling the need to read your word?
I understand now why I am lacking in spiritual strength and power. I have not fueled-up as I should have done.
The word of God is a benefit to me, and when I have read it in the past, I have foolishly felt proud of myself, as if I was doing YOU a favor.
Forgive me Father for this ignorant way of thinking. You have provided me wisdom, lessons and examples to learn from in it. It is to be highly regarded as a necessity for my life, not a nice option.
In Jesus’ precious name, give me a hunger for your Word, more powerful than my physical hunger. I know I will not be strong without it, for man cannot live by bread alone. Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: Matthew 6:9-12
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan