Our Daily Elder Devotional
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Today’s devotional comes from Our Daily Bread.
Our Source of Provision
In August 2010, the attention of the world was focused on a mine shaft near Copiapo, Chile. 33 miners huddled in the dark, trapped 2,300 feet underground. They had no idea if help would ever arrive. After 17 days of waiting, they heard drilling. Rescuers produced a small hole in the mineshaft ceiling, and that hole was followed by three more, establishing a delivery path for food water and medicine. The miners depended on those conduits to the surface above ground, we are rescuers had the provisions they would need to survive. On day 69, rescue was pulled the last minute to safety.
None of us can survive in this world apart from provisions that are outside of ourselves. God, the Creator of the universe, is the only one who provides us with everything we need. Like to drill holes for those miners, prayer connects us to the God of all supply.
Jesus encourages us to pray, “Give us today our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). In his day, bread was the basic staple of life and pictured all the daily needs of the people. Jesus was teaching us to pray not only for a physical needs but also for everything we need—comfort, healing, courage, wisdom.
Through prayer we have access to Him at any moment, and He knows what we need before we even ask for. What might you be struggling with today? “The Lord is near to all who call on him” (Psalm 145:18). Bill Crowder
Prayer is the voice of faith, trusting that God knows and cares.
Matthew 6:9-15New International Version (NIV)
9 This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
- Matthew 6:13 The Greek for temptation can also mean testing.
- Matthew 6:13 Or from evil; some late manuscripts one, / for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.