Pastor Shurrea Daniels of Kingdom Restoration, Inc.
God is concerned for each of us as His redeemed children; the Apostle Paul assures us this concern certainly extends to our basic daily needs (but not our greed). The Apostle wrote, “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Jesus gives an exhortation against anxiety regarding our daily needs. He focuses on the fact that God’s personally cares for our basic needs.
In (Mathew 6:25-34) this passage tells us “do not be anxious” and questions are asked to show the foolishness of anxiety; vs.25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are? And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life? Why do you worry about clothing?
Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, won’t he clothe you even more, you people of little faith? 31 So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the unconverted pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own”.
As members of God’s family, we have direct access to God through our Lord Jesus Christ. While God knows our needs before we ask and is intimately concerned, we are, nevertheless, to take our needs and those of others to the throne of grace in prayer. James 5:16 tells us the fervent prayer of a righteous person accomplishes much. Prayer is three things. 1.) Prayer is a vehicle of fellowship between us and God. 2.) Prayer is evidence of faith and a spirit of dependence. 3.) Prayer is focusing our hearts on the Lord, His purpose and His care. When our hearts are truly seeking God, prayer becomes a place where God is able to change us and mold us to His will.
Prayer is where we confess our sins, give thanks and praise to God, and make our needs known. However, the ultimate need for prayer is to be conformed into the image of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus. Prayer is not just a matter of asking, but of seeking God’s direction and will, and waiting on Him, just as one knocks and waits at the door for someone to hear and open the door. Keep asking, be patient, and be sure to ask what God’s will is about the matter and you will experience His provision. Peace and Blessings!