see also Matthew 6
Today's study seemed to be answering the worries of my heart. I know I'm not alone. These are difficult, challenging times. Many are struggling financially. Add to that health issues. And do we ever stop worrying about our kids? Nope, I don't think so.
v. 8 ...for your Father aknoweth what things ye have need of before ye bask him.
My Heavenly Father knows me. He is mindful of me. He knows the troubles and worries of my heart. And He knows just what I need, even before I ask. Notice it doesn't say what things ye want, but what things ye need. It isn't always the same thing, is it?
I've often thought, if God knows what I need, why do I need to ask? But it really isn't about asking. It's about approaching. It's about humbling myself and coming to Him. It's about aligning myself with His will and being prepared to accept His gift.
Because, how many times does He give us a gift, and we are not ready to receive it? It isn't what we want, so we rail against it and throw it back in His face. We are not at all grateful for this thing that we NEED in our lives right now.
v. 9 After this amanner therefore bpray ye: Our cFather who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
v. 10 Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
v. 11 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
v. 13 For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
This is not a prayer of supplication. God is not a magic genie waiting to grant wishes. This is a prayer of approaching, a prayer of alignment, a prayer of humbling and accepting.
v. 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where amoth and rust doth corrupt, and thieves break through and steal;
v. 20 But lay up for yourselves atreasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.
v. 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
v. 26 Behold the afowls of the air, for they sow not, neither do they reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
v. 28 ...Consider the alilies of the field how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin;
v. 29 And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these.
v. 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
v. 32 For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
v. 33 But aseek ye first the bkingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
These verses are a call to me, lay down your worries. There will always be money enough, food enough, clothing enough to get you through day by day. All I need to worry is that there is love enough, and that I am focusing on my treasures -- my family. My focus and energy should be on each of them, and leave the rest to my Heavenly Father.