Sermon on the Mount: Day 4

Give Us Today

Read Matthew 6:5–15 
 
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
 
“This, then, is how you should 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 today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
 
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
 
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
 
Reflect
 
How often are we wanting what we don’t have? Looking at the next best piece of technology or house or car or shiny object. How often have we prayed (and meant), “Oh, God, just give me what I need today and I will be content”? Our souls get restless and in our consumer culture, we are tempted to discontentment. Jesus teaches us to ask God for what we need. He isn’t discouraging that. But He teaches us also to be content and present in this particular day, these particular circumstances. He will sustain us and provide for us. By leaning on that truth, we can focus less on what we don’t have and more on serving others and listening to the Spirit guide us.

  • What do you need today? Ask God to provide whatever that is for you today.
     
  • What activities or people tend to cause discontentment in your soul?  
     
  • What invitation do you sense God extending to you about His provision for you on this particular day in your particular circumstances?

Respond
 
Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need,
and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.
 
-New Living Translation-

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