Praying for Our Needs

  • June 12, 2019
Wednesday 12

Matthew 6:19-34

As believers in Jesus Christ, we have God’s invitation to ask Him for whatever we need. What an amazing privilege! He’s not a stingy heavenly Father, but one who loves us and cares about every aspect of our life.

Sometimes, however, if the answers we expect aren’t materializing, we may question God’s love, interest, or ability. In today’s passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reassures us that we can pray for our needs with full confidence in our Father’s provision. We are to … 

Trust in His Care. Whenever we start to wonder whether our Father hears our requests, we can look outside at His creation (Matt. 6:26-32). If God feeds the birds and clothes the flowers, won’t He also care for His beloved children? 

Believe His Promise. Jesus assures us that God will provide our basic needs if we’ll make Him our top priority in life (Matt. 6:32-33).

Seek His Kingdom and Righteousness. Jesus warns against making earthly things our treasure and admonishes us to store up heavenly riches instead (Matt. 6:19-21). That’s what it means to seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness. When the desire and ambition of our life is to obey the Lord and reflect His character in our words, attitudes, and actions, He assumes the responsibility to provide whatever we may need.  

God’s ways are different from how we naturally think. Human logic leads us to conclude that if we need something, we should seek it, but God’s perspective says, “Seek Me, and I’ll take care of your need.” Whose way are you trusting?

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19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;

21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.

23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

25 For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?

27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,

29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.

30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

31 Do not worry then, saying, `What will we eat?' or `What will we drink?' or `What will we wear for clothing?'

32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?

27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,

29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.

30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

31 Do not worry then, saying, `What will we eat?' or `What will we drink?' or `What will we wear for clothing?'

32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;

21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

1 O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!

2 From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.

3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;

4 What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?

5 Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty!

6 You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,

7 All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field,

8 The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.

9 O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!

1 I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders.

2 I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

3 When my enemies turn back, They stumble and perish before You.

4 For You have maintained my just cause; You have sat on the throne judging righteously.

5 You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.

6 The enemy has come to an end in perpetual ruins, And You have uprooted the cities; The very memory of them has perished.

7 But the LORD abides forever; He has established His throne for judgment,

8 And He will judge the world in righteousness; He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity.

9 The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble;

10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

11 Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion; Declare among the peoples His deeds.

12 For He who requires blood remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

13 Be gracious to me, O LORD; See my affliction from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death,

14 That I may tell of all Your praises, That in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in Your salvation.

15 The nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made; In the net which they hid, their own foot has been caught.

16 The LORD has made Himself known; He has executed judgment. In the work of his own hands the wicked is snared. Higgaion Selah.

17 The wicked will return to Sheol, Even all the nations who forget God.

18 For the needy will not always be forgotten, Nor the hope of the afflicted perish forever.

19 Arise, O LORD, do not let man prevail; Let the nations be judged before You.

20 Put them in fear, O LORD; Let the nations know that they are but men. Selah.

1 Why do You stand afar off, O LORD? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?

2 In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

3 For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, And the greedy man curses and spurns the LORD.

4 The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, There is no God."

5 His ways prosper at all times; Your judgments are on high, out of his sight; As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.

6 He says to himself, I will not be moved; Throughout all generations I will not be in adversity."

7 His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.

8 He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the hiding places he kills the innocent; His eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate.

9 He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair; He lurks to catch the afflicted; He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.

10 He crouches, he bows down, And the unfortunate fall by his mighty ones.

11 He says to himself, God has forgotten; He has hidden His face; He will never see it."

12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up Your hand. Do not forget the afflicted.

13 Why has the wicked spurned God? He has said to himself, You will not require it. "

14 You have seen it, for You have beheld mischief and vexation to take it into Your hand. The unfortunate commits himself to You; You have been the helper of the orphan.

15 Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer, Seek out his wickedness until You find none.

16 The LORD is King forever and ever; Nations have perished from His land.

17 O LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear

18 To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.

1 In the LORD I take refuge; How can you say to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain;

2 For, behold, the wicked bend the bow, They make ready their arrow upon the string To shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.

3 If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?"

4 The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD'S throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.

5 The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates.

6 Upon the wicked He will rain snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.

7 For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face.

1 Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases to be, For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.

2 They speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.

3 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, The tongue that speaks great things;

4 Who have said, With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; who is lord over us?"

5 Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise," says the LORD; I will set him in the safety for which he longs."

6 The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.

7 You, O LORD, will keep them; You will preserve him from this generation forever.

8 The wicked strut about on every side When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

1 How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?

2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart all the day? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

3 Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,

4 And my enemy will say, I have overcome him," And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.

5 But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.

6 I will sing to the LORD, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.

1 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God." They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.

2 The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God.

3 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.

4 Do all the workers of wickedness not know, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call upon the Lord?

5 There they are in great dread, For God is with the righteous generation.

6 You would put to shame the counsel of the afflicted, But the LORD is his refuge.

7 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.

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