What does the Bible tell us about our needs and wants? So why are we praying for our needs and wants when we pray? Why don’t we pray for the will of God instead?
19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Give us this day our daily bread,
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
With so many distractions in the world and the decisions that we make everyday, have we ever prayed for the will of God in our prayers?
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
The Creator of life is Jesus Christ, and His life brings light to all mankind. We see ourselves for who we really are in His light; as sinners in need of a Savior. We can avoid walking blindly and falling into sin when we follow Jesus. He lights the path ahead of us so we can see how to live and removes the darkness of sin from our lives. Have you allowed the light of Christ to shine into your life?
13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Jesus called us to love one another just as He loved us. And He loved us enough to give His life for us. Listening, helping, encouraging, and giving are ways that we can practice sacrificial love. Is there someone that you can think of that needs this kind of love today?
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
12 We beg you, our friends, to pay proper respect to those who work among you, who guide and instruct you in the Christian life. 13 Treat them with the greatest respect and love because of the work they do. Be at peace among yourselves.
Jesus gives life. The life that He gives us while we are here on earth is abundantly richer and fuller. It is also eternal, yet it begins the moment it is received. Life in Christ is lived on a higher level because of His overflowing forgiveness, love, and guidance. Have you accepted Christ’s offer of life?
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.