Daily Bread

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We are living in a time where men are struggling in this country.
This Covid even after 2 years - still see many people struggling to meet their baisc needs
People are hungry and starving
We see a few weeks ago a mother who confessed to killing her own child
When we look at the conditions that child was living in
Sorry to say this but it seems death was a blessing in disguise
People are seeing hard times
I think that the reason why we seeing crime spiralling out of control is because people are desperate
Some people forced to thief basic supples in order to provide for their own families
They are turning to a life of crime.
How many of you tonight know what it feels like to be in need
All your savings have ran out
Or it is beginning to run out
For a lot of people - they live paycheck to paycheck
Once one paycheck is exhausted they have no more money
They need money and cannot afford to lose a job
To those of us who are working we need to be very grateful to God that we have something
You may not have the biggest salary but at least you have something to take care of you and your kids
But it is not easy when you feel like you not sure where your next meal is coming from
It’s not easy when you are not sure how you are going to live through the month
it’s not easy when you have no money and the landlord doesnt care about you and they are ready to kick you out
I remember during Covid many trinis were stuck in America and other places
Imagine being stuck in another country and cant leave
You have no US dollars
How did these people survive there
The only answer I can think of is the grace of God
God had to provide for them to stay so many months away from Trinidad
If is one thing that Pandemic taught us is WE NEED GOD
At the end of the day we all need God
We cant depend on our families and our friends all the time
There is only so much - man can do for you
We need God
He is Jehovah Jireh our provider
God wants us to look to him and not to anyone else
Stop looking to Keith Rowley to meet your needs
He is just a man
May we look to God
God wants us all to depend on him for everything
It’s an insult to God when we look to someone else other than him to meet our needs
When you are a child you depend on your parents to provide for you and that is the role of parent
But when you become and adult you realise who is your real parent
And that is Abba Father - your provider
I remember there was this time with me when my contract wasn’t renewed when it was finished
The government basically had us home at least 2 months minimum without pay
This was around a Christmas time and Christmas time is one of the worst time to not have a job because that is a time you like to buy stuff
If you dont buy stuff for anyine or even yourself during the year Christmas time is when you buy stuff
I remember I will be going with my cousins who had Christmas shopping to do at that time of year and i will just be watching all that they are spending and wishing I could do the same
Now I must admit - i was not broke or had no savings etc but the truth is I didnt want to just spend my money crazy not knowing if I going to get back a contract
The point I am trying to make is when you no longer working and no longer have a job it can stress you out a bit
Becuase at the end of the day - whether we like it or not
Money is a neccessity
We need money to provide the basics of food, clothing and shelter
When we lack these things it can cause anxiety and depression and other feelings to creep in to our lives


Now I am sure that what I just described is not foreign to a lot of you listening to me tonight
I know that there are many of you listening to me tonight who has experienced something similar or even worst
I could still say I had some savings if i needed to spend money or my parent if I desperately needed money
In my case I had no wife and kids to take care off but for some of you listening tonight
You had all that as well to deal with
And it wasnt a nice experience
When you have a family especially to take care of it even harder
I know that for Covid a lot of you faced some serious challenging times
I know a lot of you would have been not working
Or working for half pay etc
Whike you might be grateful for half pay - half pay when you have a family doenst cut it
Some of you kniw what it is like to hear you boss tell you - you need to not work
You are not Essential
That was the main word during the Covid time
There was discrimination that time abiut who is essential and non essential
When you are non essential - it made it sound as though the work you do has no value
To everyone listening tonight I want you to know that the Work you do has value
You are making a difference whther you are a garbage man or a doctor.
You are essential whether your boss says so or not
But like I said it can be hard when you have no idea where your next source of income is coming from.
During the pandemic one man who was doing a lot of Charitable work was the Activist Inshan Ishamel
Whether you like the man or not - the man did bless a lot of people during that time with hampers
Some people say he was in it for fame - whatever is his motive - when you are desperate and have a family to mainitain to you dont mind whatever help you getting
You rushing for a hamper .


Matthew 6:9–13 NIV
9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’
Let us see what God’s Word says
I want to focus on the 11th verse today which says
Matthew 6:11 NIV
11 Give us today our daily bread.

What is Bread

Bread was the basic sustenance for many in the ancient world and, therefore, was at times used metaphorically to refer to physical needs. Sometimes this is still true today. For example, the person in a household who makes the most money is often called the “bread-winner.”
When we ask God for our bread, we are asking him to supply our basic needs.
Martin Luther said, “everything necessary for the preservation of this life is bread, including food, a healthy body, good weather, house, home, wife, children, good government, and peace.”1
In the ancient world, this petition was very relevant. Commonly, laborers were paid on the very day that they worked. The pay was typically very low, and it only provided enough to purchase food for that day. It was almost impossible to save money.5 This prayer would have given these day laborers great hope—God would meet their needs for the day, just as he did the day before.
Now if you are a multi millionaires listening to me tonight then you may be saying - well i have enough bread for years and that may be true for you but for the majority of people it is not.

This petition reminds us to ask for our needs based on God’s generous, fatherly nature

Today I want us to know that we can boldly go to God and ask him to Provide For Our Daily Needs
Today I do not know what your needs are today but I want to let you know that you need to see God as your Provider
God is a Father to you
God is someone who wants to provide for you
In a day and age where people might want to look to man as their source and may want to run down people like Inshan Ishmael etc
We need to look to God
“BRUCE Wilkinson, the author of The Prayer of Jabez, was meeting with a leader of a growing ministry. The ministry leader hoped to talk with Bruce and glean some principles from him that would help grow his own ministry. After answering many of the leader’s questions, Bruce asked if he might ask a question of his own. “How many donors do you have?” The leader grew silent as he started calculating how many donors the ministry might have. After a few seconds, Bruce said, “It sure is taking you a long time.” The leader apologized and assured Bruce that he wanted to give him as accurate of a count as possible. “I’m not sure. I just need a minute to think about it.” Bruce halted him in the middle of his calculations. “The mere fact it’s taking you this long means that you’re not approaching this right.” The leader looked a bit puzzled. “What do you mean, Bruce?” “Well,” Bruce continued, “you only have one donor. Now, the One may work through many, but the only donor that matters is the One. The many just give the ministry what the One has given to them. Your donors aren’t your true source.
God is
Here is what is most important
No matter how much you have - you must never stop looking to God as your source.
There is no one who cares about your needs more than God
I know lots of people today - who might have Covid and they cant even rely on their own family for help
It’s like people scared of this virus so much that their own family wont even offer them any food because they scared they catch the virus
Even if they have to help out with the basic needs - they scared to do it
They keeping their social distance from their own families
Tonight I want you to know that God is not social distancing himself from you
He loves you and he cares about you and longs to meet your needs
Matthew 7:9–11 NIV
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
He loves you oh so so much
your earthly father wont give you a stone if you ask him for bread
God wont do the same as well for you
His mighty hand is not far from you
His hand is more than willing to provide for you
Every single one of us who experienced times of desperate need we can thank God that he supplied our needs.
As a good good Father he will provide for you.

This petition reminds us to be content with our needs.

When Christ refers to bread, he is referring to basic sustenance that any commoner would need. He doesn’t say to ask for steak, wine, or dessert. Sometimes in popular Christianity, it is taught that God wants to make every person wealthy. However, that is not biblical.
The majority of Christians throughout the centuries have been poor and that includes Christ and the disciples. God promises to meet our needs and tells us to pray for them (Matt 6:33, Phil 4:19). Now, it’s not necessarily wrong to pray for wants, but in the Lord’s Prayer, we are taught to pray for our needs. Therefore, the implication is God wants us to learn contentment with having only our needs met.
Are we contended with what God has blessed us with?
God never said he will bless you with a Benz or BMW
Not that there is anything wrong with it but he knows what you need and he knows what you want
Some of you are in a point in life where you need a vehicle
That doesnt mean that you need a Rolls Royce
I am not here to tell you that God wants to bless you with a million dollars
In fact there is no scripture that says that
Some preachers today that is what their main focus on
No where did Jesus tell his Disciples to focus on their wants
I believe we make God sad when he blesses us with so much but we still are not contented with what he has given us
He blessed us with a much better job than we expected to have but we still bombarding him and complaining about what we have
Sometimes we can behave like spoil brats and little kids
We never satisfied
We watching what our neighbour have - we watching what our friends have and we want theirs
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We become disconctented with what we have
I believe that this scripture also reminds us that we should be contended.
In 1 Timothy 6:6-8, Paul teaches Timothy the same. He says, “Now godliness combined with contentment brings great profit. For we have brought nothing into this world and so we cannot take a single thing out either. But if we have food and shelter, we will be satisfied with that.” The word “shelter” can be translated “covering” and therefore could refer to clothing and shelter. If we have food, clothing, and shelter, we should be content. However, most of us are not content with our needs, and therefore, we are prone to covet what others have, become jealous, and even complain. In the wilderness, God disciplined the Israelites for the sin of complaining, and he will do the same with us.

This petition reminds us of how God’s providence and people’s diligence works with prayer.

now it is vitally important that we as Christians dont just think that we will just pray to God and everything comes our way without doing anything on our own
It is vitally important that we also do our part as well
Greg Laurie Sermon Archive The Lord’s Prayer

Now having established the fact that God provides that does not mean that we should sit around and be inactive and not work. Don’t be a lazy bum and say, “Lord provide.” Work. The Bible says, “If a man does not work he should not eat.” You say, “Greg I don’t have a job.” Go look for a job and work hard at looking for a job and work where you can and be as responsible as you can be.

If we need a job but we refuse to even look for one then that is plain stupidity
God isn’t going to just give us a job just so.
Now I admit that there will be times God may miractulously provide for us but that is an exception
God expects us to work to provide for our families
If you are out of job and you are looking - God can and will step in during such times but you are not to just sit idly
Send in a resume
Talk to people
Do something
We also have a role to play as well in it
if a person wants a godly mate, one should prepare himself to be godly and maybe even put himself in a position to meet somebody. If a person wants to be a doctor, one should study diligently and go to medical school. If a person wants to save souls, one must pursue opportunities to share the gospel. In the same way that faith without works is dead (Jam 2:17), prayer is often dead and useless without work. It has often been said that we should pray as though it all depends on God and work as though it all depends on us. There is some wisdom to this saying.

This Petition reminds us of our need for God

I want to let you know something tonight
God has promised to meet our needs but there is a greater need that man has than food, clothing and shelter
We can have all those things and not be satisfied
We can have all the money in the word and not be satisfied
The only thing that can bring satisfaction in our lives is God
Everything else that we go after is just chasing after wind
It brings no satisfaction
Whatever little satisfaction we get - is just temporary
We need God
Our hearts are restless until we find God - Augustine
Some of you listening to me you say you have all your needs met
You dont need more food, clothing, shelter etc
But you still lack this one thing and its the most important thing in life
You lack God
You can have this entire world but if you dont have God you have nothing
He’s all you need
Jesus said what does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul.
In John 6:35, he said, “‘I am the bread of life. The one who comes to me will never go hungry, and the one who believes in me will never be thirsty.” We need Jesus more and more each day, and therefore, we should cry out for him. James 4:8 says to draw near to God and he will draw near to us. One of the ways we draw near God is in prayer—seeking to know him and his presence more. In Matthew 4:4, Jesus said, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” God’s Word is our bread
We should make this our prayer
Lord, we are hungry—in body and soul—for what only you can provide. “Give us today our daily bread.
Today's Best Illustrations, Volume 5 Prison Reveals Need for God

Howard Rutledge, a Vietnam prisoner of war, was incarcerated at the prison the Americans called Heartbreak Hotel in Hanoi. In his book, In the Presence of Mine Enemies, he writes:

“During periods of enforced reflection it became so much easier to separate the important from the trivial. For example, in the past, I usually worked or played hard on Sundays and had no time for church. For years Phyllis had encouraged me to join the family at church. But I was too preoccupied to spend one or two short hours a week thinking about the really important things.

“Now the sights and smells of death were all around me. My hunger for spiritual food soon outdid my hunger for a steak. I wanted to know about that part of me that will never die, to talk about God and Christ and the church. But in Heartbreak solitary confinement there was no pastor, no Sunday school teacher, no Bible, no hymnbook, no community of believers to guide and sustain me. I had completely neglected the spiritual dimension of my life. It took prison to show me how empty life is without God.”

Tonight I want to remind every single one of us listening tonight
That we need food not just for our bodies but for our souls
We need physical food to help us live on this earth and heavenly food to live as citizens of heaven
Every single one of us have needs today
Tonight I want to remind us that God said that we can pray GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD


A farmer in Kansas was worried about his wheat crop. There had not been rain in weeks. To keep his crops from being totally lost, he took buckets of water from his well and poured water on the crops. This meant hour after hour after hour of pouring water on the soil so that he would not lose everything. But the well also began to go dry, until the farmer realized he had to stop using this water. He was seemingly at the end of hope. He merely said, “Lord, unless You send rain immediately, all I have is gone.” The next day he saw clouds that began to form rain. The rain came and soaked the area thoroughly in just a few moments. The farmer took a chair out to the wheat field and sat in the chair as the rain came down on his face. His wife said, “Have you lost your mind?” “No,” he replied, “I am just enjoying seeing God do so easily what was so hard for me to do.”
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