Hidden Nuggets Series #3 – “Give us this day our daily bread.” – Matthew 6:11
I’m a personal finance blogger. It’s my business to help others plan for and navigate through the future. Yet I find myself often neglecting one of the simplest messages Jesus ever gave his disciples.
Focus on today.
Jesus’ challenge to his disciples came in the heart of what would later be called “The Lord’s Prayer.” He was modeling for them the appropriate way to approach and speak with God. He was alleviating any confusion they had as to what prayer should be. (I assume they were confused because they asked Jesus to teach them how to pray.)
So in the middle of the “Our Fathers” and the “Deliver us from evils,” Jesus asks his disciples to voice this line each time they communicate with their heavenly Father – “Give us this day our daily bread.” It’s a powerful request, and it is just as relevant today as it was 2,000+ years ago.
We shouldn’t solely focus on today. The Bible teaches in too many places that there is great wisdom in planning ahead. I find myself, however, getting caught up in the future, thinking about things that I cannot control. I don’t even know what I will need 25 years from now. Yet that is where I’m projecting my prayer life.
I need to return to the here-and-now when I talk to God and realize these simple truths:
When the focus is on today’s needs I communicate my trust.
When the focus is on today’s challenges I stifle worry.
When the focus is on today’s situation I demonstrate contentment.
When the focus is on today, I live more at peace.
Are you getting caught up in how your life will play out in the future? Is it stressing you out? Then perhaps you can join me in refocusing on the present and how God will supply our needs each and every single day.
How hard is it for you to not worry about tomorrow?
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