Lenten Devo 12: Our Daily Bread

**John and I were tasked with writing some devotionals alongside Ruth for the Lenten season. Our theme for these 40 days is The Lord’s Prayer. This is one of John’s and is about the phrase “Give us this day our daily bread”. It fell on Day 24 of this series.**

Reading: Matthew 7:7-8

Give us this day our daily bread

Jesus teaches us to ask God for our daily bread, for something that will divinely and providentially sustain us.  God is our deliverer in this respect, he responds as a joyful Father.

When my wife and I lived in Haiti working with orphaned and abandoned childred, I was responsible for building, and starting a bakery.  For a couple weeks I went to different bakeries in the area and sampled breads, and scouted out prices.  I contracted a guy to finish the building that would serve as a bakery.  The only thing we were missing was bakers.  If there’s a way to put out a classified ad in Haiti I didn’t know about it.   So I was at a loss as to how to find good bakers.  I decided to pray about it, and the very next day, a couple came knocking on my door asking if there were any jobs available.  I asked them if they had any skills and they proceeded to tell me that they had just closed down a bakery in another town, and wanted to know if our kitchen was hiring.  They didn’t know anything about the bakery! God provided bakers for us, and through those bakers He literally provided bread.  The children had fresh bread to eat, and the bakery was able to employ five people.

God provided in a much bigger way than I could have imagined.  Everyday God is providing much more than bread! He has provided something greater than we could ever imagine.  He has provided a personal relationship with himself through His son Jesus Christ who died in our place.

In Matthew 7 V. 7-8  we are told to “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Lets be bold in the way that we ask because God loves to show up, and he loves to provide!

Today, lets boldly pray for the work of the DORCAS foundation in Ethiopia

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