Scripture: Matthew 6:28-33
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. NIV
Have you ever tried to teach a young child between ‘wanting something’ and ‘needing something’? It can be a difficult task. The child will still want the item even though you told them that they don’t. Jesus instructs that God gives what we need, not what we ask for.
How often have we prayed for something we want. In fact, the majority of our prayers are a wish list of things we want. If you look at the model prayer that Jesus taught to his disciples, it has very little in the way of asking for things we want. The model prayer acknowledges….
1) who God is…..He is our Father and He is holy. (Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be your name)
2) God’s kingdom and providence will occur, whether we like it or not. (Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven)
3) God gives us our daily provisions. God gives us what we need. (Give us this day our daily bread)
4) we are sinners and need to ask for forgiveness. And, we have to forgive those who have wronged us. (and forgive us our debts, as we forgive those who trespass against us)
5) that we ask for strength when we are tempted (Lead us not into temptation)
6) we ask that a way is provided to get us out of the temptation. (but deliver us from the evil one)
7) that God is all powerful (For thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever, amen.)
In verse 30 of the text above, Jesus states that the heavenly Father provides for all living creatures on the earth. That includes all things that have life. God adorns His creation with a beauty that God loves and we can see it. His plants that bloom and his trees that grow so tall. God clothes them and gives them what they need.
If you look at the book of Job starting with chapter 38, God says “Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.” NIV God then goes on for verse after verse explaining what He does on a daily basis. Job had no answer for God until chapter 42. Job says in 42:3, “I spoke of things I did not understand.” NIV You can say that again. God brings the sunshine and the rain and a whole lot more. God is THE provider and we should realize that in our prayers and how we approach God. We are to be in awe of Him who sits on the Throne.