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21 Days of Prayer and Fasting | DAY 11





 

DAY 11

“Once I was young, and now I am old.  Yet I have never seen the Godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.” Psalm 37:25



PRESS PAUSE: Before you do anything else, take a moment to reflect on and celebrate all the Lord did in you, for you, and spoke to you yesterday.  


READ: Luke 9:10-17

God’s daily provision in our lives reflects clearly to us the truth that God is the ultimate source of everything we need in life. One of the places we see this illustration is in the passage we just read from the Gospel of Luke, where Jesus feeds the five thousand with just five loaves of bread and two fish. This miracle is not just a display of divine power but also a powerful lesson in trust and reliance on God’s grace for our daily provisions.

The Bible teaches that while human effort is necessary, it is not the ultimate answer to our needs. Our work is a way of participating in God’s grace and provision. Jesus’ miracle of feeding the multitude underscores that God can take our limited resources and multiply them to meet not just our needs but the needs of others as well.

However, God’s provision is not always about material wealth or abundance.  Sometimes, it’s about the presence of God in our lives through the Holy Spirit, assuring us that we are never alone.

John 14:16-17 says, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.  He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize Him. But you know Him, because He lives with you now and later will be in you.” 

And we read in Hebrews 13:5b that He will never fail us or abandon us.  A promise that I am so thankful for.  How about you? 

But the provision of the Lord doesn’t stop there.  It’s also about the wisdom, discernment, and guidance we receive from God’s Word, which when applied to our lives, helps us discern good from evil and make choices that align with God’s will.

James 1:22 tells us, “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.

And then we also read in Hebrews 5:14 that, “Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.


Even more so, God’s provision can come in unexpected ways and challenge our preconceived notions of what we think we need. We see this kind of provision from the Lord when we read of how the Israelites in the desert received manna from heaven (Exodus 16), a daily reminder that human limitations do not limit God’s care. 

However, ultimately, the greatest provision we have received is the gospel of Jesus Christ, which secures for us every good thing in eternity.  Philippians 4:19 declares, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

So how do we live a life full of the provision of the Lord?

#1: Seek First the Kingdom of God: Matthew 6:33 instructs us to prioritize our spiritual life and relationship with God above all else. By doing so, we align ourselves with God’s purposes, and in turn, He promises to take care of our needs. This step involves a shift in focus from our desires to God’s will for our lives.

#2: Practice Generosity and Trust: Luke 12:33 encourages us to sell our possessions and give to the poor, highlighting the importance of generosity as a means of participating in God’s provision for others. When we give, we express our trust in God as our provider and open ourselves up to receive His blessings in return.

#3: Engage in Prayer and Meditation: Prayer is our direct line of communication with God, where we can express our needs and desires. Paired with meditation on God’s Word, it helps us to internalize His promises and understand how they apply to our lives. This process strengthens our faith and equips us to recognize and receive God’s provision when it comes.

Here’s the amazing thing about God’s provision - it is multifaceted, encompassing not only our physical needs but also our spiritual and emotional well-being. And by seeking God’s kingdom, practicing generosity, and engaging in prayer and meditation, we can open our hearts to the fullness of God’s grace and care in our lives.













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