Summary: This is a sermon series about how God meets our Deepest needs Through the prayer in which Jesus teaches the Disciples and us how to Pray.
GOD'S ANTIDOTE FOR ANXIETY
God Is Answer To Your Deepest Needs - Part 4 of 7
Matt 6:11 give us today our daily bread.
Philippians 4:6 don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving; let your requests be made known to God.
So far we have talked about God as our perfect Father. Our perfect Father is Caring, Consistent, Close, and Capable, therefore He is a reliable, trustworthy, Father that you can count on. Because God is our perfect Father is can and will meet our deepest needs.
Also our perfect Father God has a Purpose for each of our lives. He wants us to know Him, Be like Him, Serve Him, and be with Him.
This morning I want to share with you, "God's Antidote to Your Anxiety".
So many people spend their time worrying about their daily needs. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread”, He was teaching them to ask God for their daily provision.
Our perfect Heavenly Father will take care of us one day at a time. He knows what we need each day to live our lives and be successful in life. Jesus is teaching His disciples that God's Antidote to their Anxiety is His daily provision.
The Bible says in Proverbs, "The anxiety in a heart brings a man down" -- it weighs a heart down. The old English word for "worry" literally means to choke, to strangle. That's what worry does to us. Worry does not work.
Worry is like a rocking chair – it gives you something to do, but gets you nowhere.
Philippians 4:6 "Don't worry about anything, instead pray about everything, tell God your needs." That's the message in a sentence. God says, “Don't worry, pray!” God is saying why worry when you can pray?
But what’s the kind of prayer that I pray in order not to worry? Matthew 6:11 "This is how you should pray, Give us today our daily bread."
Jesus gives three keys in how to overcome worry in that one little sentence.
1. Ask for God's assistance. "Give us...” Rather than worry, you ask God to help you out.
2. Remember God's resources. "... Our daily bread..." Bread is the basic food of life. It represents all of the necessities of life that you need. God has infinite resources to meet all your needs.
3. Trust God's timing. "... Today... daily..." not weekly bread, monthly bread, annual bread... "Give us today our daily bread."
1. ASK FOR GOD'S ASSISTANCE.
Instead of worry, ask God for help. Worry is an attempt to control the uncontrollable. When you feel like you're helpless then you start worrying. But how much is out of God's control? Nothing. Absolutely nothing
What does God say to do? James 4:2 "You do not have because you do not ask God!" If we prayed as much as we worried, we'd have a lot less to worry about. Over 20 times in the New Testament, God says, “Ask.” He wants you to ask. He's waiting for you to ask for His Assistance.
How much more would you have if you just simply asked? You have not because you ask not.
Why does God want us to ask? Because He is the source for everything that you need in life and when you ask for His assistance, you are saying God I need Your Help. Numbers 16:32 "God is the source of all life." God wants you to see Him as your source for all your needs.
God is our source:
When we don't know what to do, God is our wisdom.
When we run out of energy, God is our source of strength.
When we feel like everything is caving in and depressing me, God is the source of our happiness.
He is our Source of hope when things look hopeless for us.
When you’re stressed out, God is our source of peace.
When we're irritated and about to blow up, God is our source of patience.
When we're overwhelmed with guilt, God is our source of salvation.
When we feel like giving up, God is our source of encouragement.
We have a great God!!! He's the source of all these things. He's says, "Look to Me". God is waiting for you to ask for His assistance.
2. REMEMBER GOD'S RESOURCES
Worry means that we've forgotten God's promises and that He has unlimited resources at His disposal. "Give us today, our daily bread." I heard someone say that’s a prayer for other poor countries, but not America.
Why should I pray about it, if I can go down to the store and buy it?
Bread represents the basic necessities of life. Everything you need. God is concerned about all of our basic needs. Philippians 4:19 "God will supply all that you ever need from his glorious resources in Christ Jesus."