Gooooood morning, Mini-Women! Have you had breakfast yet? Did you have to worry about whether the Cheerios or the PopTarts or the waffles were going to be there in the kitchen? Or did you just know the food would be in the refrigerator or pantry because, well, it always is?
I'm thinking that second one, right? You don't have to ask your mom every night before you go to bed, "Mom, will you please make sure there's something for me to eat tomorrow morning?" She would probably look at you and say, "Are you serious? When have I NOT made sure you ate?"
So as we continue our Talking To God Journal series, and we look at how Jesus taught us to connect with God when we pray -- when we get to "Give us today our daily bread," we gotta wonder: if our parents here on EARTH provide the basics for us without our even asking, can't we just assume God's going to do the same thing?
Yes. And no.
Yes, if we do stay connected with God and trust him and make serving him and other people the most important thing.
No, if we stop believing that our very lives depend on God. If we start thinking that we can do everything ourselves. That we only need to go to God when we've done everything we can and the only hope we have is him -- instead of going to him to begin with!
So when we ask God to "give us our daily bread" what does that mean?
* We tell God we know the very basic things we need come from him. Not just bread but sleep and clean air and strong bodies and a safe place to live. We're telling God we know he provides -- unless bad people prevent that -- and even then, we pray that folks who are hungry and homeless will be fed in spite of them.
* We tell God that we don't NEED more than the basics. We don't pray, "God, please get my parents to buy me an iPad," or "Father, I just want as many clothes as the 'in' girls so I can be 'in' too."
* We ask God to help us be content with exactly what we need, and to appreciate everything else as pure gift.
* We ask for just what we need TODAY (it's "DAILY" bread, not enough to last us for a year ... because bread gets moldy or stale after a few days anyway, right?) We're showing God that we trust him enough that we can live in the moment we have right now. We get worried when we think way far ahead about things we can't control. God wants us to be with him right here, right this very second.
TALKING TO GOD JOURNAL TOPIC SUGGESTION: Write to God about one basic thing that you need today. Is it a friend to listen to something that's bugging you? Help studying for a big test (not help on the test when you haven't studied!)? Healing from a cold?
IF YOU WANT TO POST A COMMENT: If you feel comfortable, tell us what that basic need is (very briefly). If not, (and you can also do this even if you answer the first one) tell us how much you trust God to fill your need.
(a) without a doubt in your mind
(b) with a doubt or two that goes away fast
(d) half doubt/half not
(e) doubts that won't leave you alone
(f) not at ALL
Don't be worried that we'll judge you for your answer. NOBODY is going to say, "You said (f)?! I am SO praying for you because you're in big trouble." On this one, don't respond to each other's comments at all. This is a safe place for us to talk about how we really feel. If we pretend, we don't change.
One of my basic needs today is that all of you WILL feel safe here on Tween You and Me. God and I are talking about it.