Maturity Beyond Personal Needs and Daily Bread

When Jesus taught about prayer, he provided us with a model that we can use whenever we want to pray (Matt 6:9-13). You have to understand that the prayer is also in order of priority. The first prayer point, for example, is reverence and worship to the Almighty God in heaven. Which should be the starting point for any human vision, mission, thought, or action. The next point is for the earthly manifestation of the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus is teaching us that it should be our top priority to pray for God’s will to be done in terms of our nations’ socio-economic conditions.

We should pray and strive for the will of God to dominate our communities, societies and nations. Matthew 6:10 says, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” This is clearly a prayer for ideas that originate from heaven to dominate the world around you. You also learn something more significant. Praying for God’s will to be done for our collective socio-economic well-being is more important than praying for “daily bread” on a personal level. “Thy will be done” is more important than “give me my daily bread”.

Go beyond your personal needs, problems, and ambition. Learn to pray for the will of God to be done in your world. Praying and being concerned about the well-being of others is a sign of maturity. This kind of prayer changes you. It makes you more selfless and a better team player. Any religion that emphasizes praying about your personal problems alone, will not do you much good. It is time to operate from a higher level of understanding. If you worship God and pray for his will to be done in your world. You will not go without your daily bread.

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