As we study Jesus’ Example Prayer, we might get stuck on “daily bread” as asking only for physical needs. Our first thought of needs tends to be those physical needs. However, I wonder if we should include spiritual needs in that prayer.
Lydia Brownback in her book Joy: A Godly Woman’s Adornment talks about prayers in the Bible. She says that we tend to pray for physical needs because we know what we gain from them. She encourages us to pray Philippians 1:9-11.
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
Lydia reminds us of the great joy that comes from allowing God to provide spiritual needs. (pages 103-104)
Friends, as we pray we need to remember what is important. God cares about everything, but we need to be careful about getting stuck on asking for the wrong requests. We will gain so much more if we pray for our spiritual needs ahead of our physical needs.
God is so good.