May 21, 2019
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 21 May 2019
A Familiar Prayer - Part II
In the previous Georgia Capitol Devotional (which, if you missed, you can read by clicking here), we reflected upon the first part of the following child’s prayer: “God is great; God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. By his hands we are all fed. Give us, Lord, our daily bread. Amen.” God is indeed great and good! Now, we will consider the other wonderful theological truths constituting this brief prayer.
The amazing testimony of Scripture is that the transcendent God humbled Himself and became one of his creation (Ps 135:5; Phil 2:8). The Lord God of Scripture uses his greatness not to destroy humanity but to save those who trust in Him – by grace through faith – , and He manifests his goodness not as a reason to abandon fallen sinners but to provide reconciliation in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us thank Him for our food. Why should one ask a blessing upon food to be eaten? First Timothy 4:4-5 answers, “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.” We ask God to bless our food because we are grateful for it, and thus it is received with gladness. God is the one who provides the necessary meals that we eat.
By his hands we are all fed. God is our Provider; ultimately, it is not our abilities and skills that feed us. God provides our occupational skills that give us ability to acquire our provisions. One of the numerous compound names of God is “Jehovah-Jireh,” meaning “The Lord Will Provide” (Gen 22:14).
Give us, Lord, our daily bread. God is the Provider and Sustainer, giving what we need daily. The reference to “daily bread” recalls Israel’s wilderness experience when God provided manna to eat, and required that they gather only what was needed for the needs of each day. God knows exactly how much food to provide for our sustenance. We starve with too little food and are wasteful with too many provisions. Every good and perfect gift is received from the Giver of all blessings. God may use our occupation to provide food (in addition to our families and friends), yet, as the infinite Sustainer, the Lord God feeds us all.
Amen. We conclude our prayers with an acknowledgement that we understand who God is. He is the One who has given our daily provisions, and thus it is He who we thank for his provision and sustenance. Our prayers should not be complicated nor do we need to use complex terminology. There is not any necessity to pray with Elizabethan terminology and words. We simply pray “with confidence to the throne of grace”– through faith alone in the Lord Jesus – just as a little child would ask to receive “in time of need” (Heb 4:16).
Your Missionary to Our Leaders,
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
Capitol Commission is prepared to encourage and enable local churches to participate in reaching our capitol communities for Christ (1 Tim 2:1-4). We only need to hear from you, if you have not already contacted us. We also seek to enlist individuals, businesses, and churches to become strategic partners with us in this ministry (2 Cor 8:3-6). Our success as a ministry is based upon God blessing all facets of the ministry, which certainly includes partners in this ministry. We earnestly desire to engage those who desire to participate in the ministry by offering their time and talents (Matt 25:20). If you have not already done so, join us and experience the joy of bringing hope, light, transformation, and truth to those who constitute our capitol communities.