Not far from my home, day laborers gather early in the morning hoping for work. They wait, unsure of whether they’ll be selected. They hope to return to their residences at the end of the day with enough cash to help provide for some of their basic needs. I find myself compassionate towards their plight, but I can’t fully relate to their circumstances.
In reality, my need for the Lord is just as great regardless of whether I have a stable job, food in my pantry or money in my bank account. Jesus gave all of us the same instructions when he counseled his disciples to pray this way: “Give us this day our daily bread.” The word that he used was epiousios, which literally means “bread for tomorrow.” Christ’s words were meant to convey that we need to pray daily with a sense of dependency, not with some false sense of security.
After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, Israel learned that they could count on God every morning of every day. Honor the Lord today by declaring to Him that you would be absolutely destitute without Him! And while you’re on your knees, pray for the 1 billion people around the world living below the poverty level (at less than $1 a day) who will experience hunger today unless someone intervenes.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
By: Glenn Burris Jr., general supervisor