Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Daily Readings for SATURDAY, January 7, 2017

First Reading
Isaiah 52:3-6
For thus says the LORD: You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money. For thus says the Lord GOD: Long ago, my people went down into Egypt to reside there as aliens; the Assyrian, too, has oppressed them without cause. Now therefore what am I doing here, says the LORD, seeing that my people are taken away without cause? Their rulers howl, says the LORD, and continually, all day long, my name is despised. Therefore my people shall know my name; therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here am I.

Second Reading
Revelation 2:1-7
"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands: "I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance. I know that you cannot tolerate evildoers; you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them to be false. I also know that you are enduring patiently and bearing up for the sake of my name, and that you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember then from what you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this is to your credit: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers, I will give permission to eat from the tree of life that is in the paradise of God.

The Holy Gospel
John 2:1-11
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward." So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now." Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Morning Psalms
Psalm 103 Benedic, anima mea
1   Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.
2   Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
3   He forgives all your sins and heals all your infirmities;
4   He redeems your life from the grave and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;
5   He satisfies you with good things, and your youth is renewed like an eagle's.
6   The LORD executes righteousness and judgment for all who are oppressed.
7   He made his ways known to Moses and his works to the children of Israel.
8   The LORD is full of compassion and mercy, slow to anger and of great kindness.
9   He will not always accuse us, nor will he keep his anger for ever.
10   He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
11   For as the heavens are high above the earth, so is his mercy great upon those who fear him.
12   As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our sins from us.
13   As a father cares for his children, so does the LORD care for those who fear him.
14   For he himself knows whereof we are made; he remembers that we are but dust.
15   Our days are like the grass; we flourish like a flower of the field;
16   When the wind goes over it, it is gone, and its place shall know it no more.
17   But the merciful goodness of the LORD endures for ever on those who fear him, and his righteousness on children's children;
18   On those who keep his covenant and remember his commandments and do them.
19   The LORD has set his throne in heaven, and his kingship has dominion over all.
20   Bless the LORD, you angels of his, you mighty ones who do his bidding, and hearken to the voice of his word.
21   Bless the LORD, all you his hosts, you ministers of his who do his will.
22   Bless the LORD, all you works of his, in all places of his dominion; bless the LORD, O my soul.

Evening Psalms
Psalm 114 In exitu Israel
1   Hallelujah! When Israel came out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,
2   Judah became God's sanctuary and Israel his dominion.
3   The sea beheld it and fled; Jordan turned and went back.
4   The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like young sheep.
5   What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? O Jordan, that you turned back?
6   You mountains, that you skipped like rams? you little hills like young sheep?
7   Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8   Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water and flint-stone into a flowing spring.

Psalm 115 Non nobis, Domine
1   Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your Name give glory; because of your love and because of your faithfulness.
2   Why should the heathen say, "Where then is their God?"
3   Our God is in heaven; whatever he wills to do he does.
4   Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.
5   They have mouths, but they cannot speak; eyes have they, but they cannot see;
6   They have ears but they cannot hear; noses, but they cannot smell;
7   They have hands, but they cannot feel; feet, but they cannot walk; they make no sound with their throat.
8   Those who make them are like them, and so are all who put their trust in them.
9   O Israel, trust in the LORD; he is their help and their shield.
10   O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD; he is their help and their shield.
11   You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; he is their help and their shield.
12   The LORD has been mindful of us, and he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron;
13   He will bless those who fear the LORD, both small and great together.
14   May the LORD increase you more and more, you and your children after you.
15   May you be blessed by the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.
16   The heaven of heavens is the LORD'S, but he entrusted the earth to its peoples.
17   The dead do not praise the LORD, nor all those who go down into silence;
18   But we will bless the LORD, from this time forth for evermore. Hallelujah!

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Verse of the Day - January 07, 2017

Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV) Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "Destined to Die"

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. (John 3:14–15, NIV)

I once asked Billy Graham, "Are there any truths you find yourself emphasizing more or less now than you did when you were a younger preacher?"

Without hesitating he said, "The cross and the blood. That's where the power is."

The whole of Scripture points to the death of Jesus on the cross and His shed blood, starting with the book of Genesis. After Satan led Eve and Adam into sin, God brought His judgment upon him and said, speaking of the One that would come, "He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." (Genesis 3:15). That is the first Messianic scripture in the Bible, the first passage that actually points to the One who would come.

In the book of Exodus when the Israelites were to take the blood of the sacrificial lamb and put it on the top and each side of their doorposts so the judgment of God would pass over them, that was pointing to the cross where Jesus' blood was to be shed.

The prophet Isaiah said of Jesus the Messiah, "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5).

In the New Testament we see it reinforced again and again that Jesus was coming to die. When He was there at the Mount of Transfiguration with Moses and Elijah, the Bible tells us that the subject of their discussion was His impending death (see Luke 9:30–31).

The crucifixion wasn't an interruption of an otherwise successful ministry; it was all part of God's plan from the beginning, to bring about the redemption of humanity. Jesus was that final sacrifice to bridge the gap.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

Un Dia a la Vez - Siempre aprendemos del pasado

Señor, hazme conocer tus caminos [...] olvida los pecados y transgresiones que cometí en mi juventud. Acuérdate de mí según tu gran amor, porque tú, Señor, eres bueno. Salmo 25: 4, 7

Cuando me pongo a pensar en mi vida antes de Cristo, reflexiono en lo mismo: ¡Qué lástima que no lo conocí antes! ¡De cuántas cosas me hubiera guardado! Sobre todo, analizo mi juventud. A pesar de que fui una chica sana y de que nunca tuve experiencias con las drogas, Dios me guardó de no cometer muchas locuras. Sin embargo, fui muy inquieta en lo emocional y terminé casándome sin estar enamorada siquiera.

A los veintiún años, ya tenía entre mis brazos a mi primera princesa, Naty. Aunque fue una bendición, cambió mi vida por completo. Dejé muchas cosas de mi juventud sin concluir y estudios sin terminar. De una manera drástica, empecé una vida llena de responsabilidades. Todos estos ajustes coincidieron con mi llegada a los Estados Unidos con una bebé de cuatro meses, un país extraño y sin saber el idioma. Con todo, aprendí mucho y, lo más importante, maduré.

Quizá tú estás leyendo esta pequeña historia y recuerdas lo que vives hoy. Quiero que sepas que Dios te permite vivir cada experiencia para enseñarte muchas cosas y para que aprendamos a verlo en cada circunstancia de nuestra vida. Recuerda que Dios te ayuda en todo momento… ¡si tú se lo permites!

Standing Strong Through the Storm - CAN YOU SLEEP WHILE THE WIND BLOWS?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

During a recent hurricane storm, the following story circulated on the Internet:

A farmer on the Atlantic seacoast constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic because of the awful storms that wreaked havoc on the buildings and crops. One applicant for the job was a short, thin man, well past middle age.

“Are you a good farm hand?” the farmer asked him. “Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man.

Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well and kept busy from dawn to dusk. The farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work.

Then one night the wind howled loudly from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!”

The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”

Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. He hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.

When you’re prepared for storms, spiritually, mentally, and practically, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life? The hired hand in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm.

We secure ourselves against the storms of life by soaking ourselves with the Word of God, being obedient to it and then placing our faith and trust in God’s goodness. We don’t need to understand, we just need to hold His hand to have peace in the midst of our storms.

RESPONSE: Today I will prepare myself practically, mentally and spiritually so that I can sleep when the storms blow in my life.

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for the peace only You can give when the strong winds try and wreak havoc in my life and daily situations.

NIV Devotions for Couples - Job’s Hope

Job 19:21–29

“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.” Job 19:25

A teenager told me she thought her parents were about to divorce. She had heard her parents’ nightly arguments and watched her mom turn away her tear-stained face when asked about the situation. The parents of many of this young woman’s friends had divorced, so she assumed her parents were next.

The teen did not give me permission to talk to her parents about her fears. Yet I felt obligated to open a pastoral door for either the husband or the wife if it would allow them to get help and healing.

When an opportunity came to enter that home, I lingered in order to hint at the well-being of the marriage. Neither spouse did more than smile and spout platitudes, but a week later the husband called and said he wanted to talk.

He furtively slipped into my office. Any excuse to leave would have been welcome, but none presented itself. After moments of expansive quiet and several invitations to say what was on his mind, he finally began to talk.

He had always thought marriage would be wonderful, he said. His parents had been solid in their commitments, and his dating relationship with his wife had been marvelous. They had seemed to be a perfect match, sharing interests, passions and religious commitments.

But several years into their marriage, his wife was in an accident. She experienced a closed-head injury that altered her personality. She became suspicious, forgetful, impatient and abusive. What’s more, she was an emotional chameleon. In public her negative symptoms disappeared. Even her sisters and parents had no idea of the ogre she could become. The husband’s pleas for help were questioned and pushed aside. He felt very alone.

I listened as the hurting man wept, and I thought of Job, around whom unseen and unjust powers had swirled. Job was bewildered. So was this misunderstood husband. Neither man understood why bad things were happening. Each faced a murky future in an iffy marriage.

Yet I was amazed by this husband’s testimony. When I asked him if he had considered divorce, he said, “Never! I made a vow and my wife needs to count on that, especially now. Even if she doesn’t know that she needs me.” He added, “I read about a note scratched into a basement in Paris during World War II: ‘I believe in the sun even when it’s not shining. I believe in love even when I can’t feel it. I believe in God even when he is silent.’”

I was reminded of Job when he professed, “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.” Though Job was unable to see how, he was confident that neither loss nor pain nor death itself could stymie God’s care for him.

If we are believers, there is no lament we can sing that does not have an Easter refrain. Trials and torments and troubles are part of our lives here, but they are not the whole story. Christ rose from the dead, and because he lives, we too shall live.

Wayne Brouwer

Let’s Talk
  • When have we felt plagued like Job? How has trouble affected our relationship?
  • When life was good, Job offered daily sacrifices for himself and his family (see Job 1:5). What habits are we developing in good times that will help us through the tough times?
  • Whom do we look to as models of endurance and hope? What have these people taught us? How might they serve as mentors?

LHM Daily Devotion - "Post-truth"

 January 7, 2017

God is not man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it? Numbers 23:19, ESV

The study of English as a language can be a pretty boring thing -- at least, until a person realizes our language is alive and has words which come and go and change.

If you doubt what I'm saying, consider the word "gay," which today means, well, if you don't know, please look it up. I am pretty sure that word has changed from when

• in the musical  West Side Story  , Maria sang, "I feel pretty, oh so pretty, I feel pretty and witty and gay."

• I'm also pretty sure the word changed from when the composer of the  Flintstones  theme song wrote, "When you're with the Flintstones, have a yabba dabba-do time, a dabba-do time We'll have a gay old time!"

• I'm pretty positive the meaning changed sometime after Judy Garland sang "Have yourself a merry little Christmas Let the yuletide be gay."

• I'm almost positive that's not what Christmas carolers meant, when they, in the 1700s, invited festive souls to "Don we now our gay apparel Fa la la la la, la la la la!"

Because the English language is changing, each year Oxford Dictionaries picks a "Word of the Year." That word may not be new, but it has, in the previous annum, undergone a significant change in definition or usage.

Since I was last with you they picked a word for 2016. That word is "post-truth." The editors say post-truth occurs when objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than are appeals to emotion and personal belief.

The Oxford folk thought post-truth was especially applicable to politics.

I know more than one person who would say post-truth accurately describes the Christian's life. They would hold that position because they believe faith is totally emotional and devoid of any factual information.

This is simply not true.

Yes, we receive our faith when the Holy Spirit uses the means of grace and, yes, we have to make a blind leap of faith, but we dare not forget our faith is also forged out on fact.

• It is not by accident Luke tells us who the rulers were when Jesus was born.

• It is not by accident that had him tell us that He personally and carefully investigated the events described in the Gospel that bears his name.

• It is totally proper to say we have as much factual evidence for the life of the Savior as we do for Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and Alexander the Great. Indeed, we have  more  proof.

This is why any Christian can comfortably say the salvation story of the Savior is not post-truth nor is it pre-truth. No, the Jesus story is God's inspired, unchanging whole truth, and nothing but.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks for the Savior who actually and factually gave His life so my sins might be washed away. In this New Year may I cling to Him. In His Name I ask it. Amen.

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Our Daily Bread - Our Source of Provision

Read: Matthew 6:9–15 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 18–19; Matthew 6:1–18

The Lord is near to all who call on him. Psalm 145:18

In August 2010, the attention of the world was focused on a mine shaft near Copiapó, Chile. Thirty-three miners huddled in the dark, trapped 2,300 feet underground. They had no idea if help would ever arrive. After seventeen days of waiting, they heard drilling. Rescuers produced a small hole in the mine shaft ceiling, and that hole was followed by three more, establishing a delivery path for water, food, and medicine. The miners depended on those conduits to the surface above ground, where rescuers had the provisions they would need to survive. On day sixty-nine, rescuers pulled the last miner to safety.

None of us can survive in this world apart from provisions that are outside of ourselves. God, the Creator of the universe, is the one who provides us with everything we need. Like the drill holes for those miners, prayer connects us to the God of all supply.

Jesus encouraged us to pray, “Give us today our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11). In His day, bread was the basic staple of life and pictured all the daily needs of the people. Jesus was teaching us to pray not only for our physical needs but also for everything we need—comfort, healing, courage, wisdom.

Through prayer we have access to Him at any moment, and He knows what we need before we even ask (v. 8). What might you be struggling with today? “The Lord is near to all who call on him” (Ps. 145:18).

To learn more about prayer, read Let's Pray at

Prayer is the voice of faith, trusting that God knows and cares.

© 2016 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Nuestro Pan Diario - Nuestra fuente de provisión

Leer: Mateo 6:9-15 | La Biblia en un año: Mateo 6:1-18

Cercano está el Señor a todos los que le invocan… (Salmo 145:18)

En agosto de 2010, el mundo centró su atención en una mina de Chile. Treinta y tres mineros estaban atrapados unos 700 metros bajo tierra. No sabían si la ayuda llegaría. Después de 17 días, escucharon una perforadora… y apareció un pequeño agujero en el techo de la mina, al que le siguieron tres más, los cuales se convirtieron en el medio de suministro de agua, alimentos y remedios. Los mineros dependían de esos canales para contactarse con el exterior, donde los rescatadores tenían provisiones para que sobrevivieran. Sesenta y nueve días después, el último minero fue sacado sano y salvo.

En este mundo, solo podemos sobrevivir con provisiones que nos llegan de afuera de nosotros mismos. Dios, el Creador del universo, es quien nos provee todo lo necesario. Como las perforaciones para aquellos mineros, la oración es para nosotros lo que nos conecta con el Dios que provee todas las cosas.

Jesús nos instó a orar: «El pan nuestro de cada día, dánoslo hoy» (Mateo 6:11). En aquella época, el pan era el alimento básico y representaba todas las necesidades de la gente. Así, además de las necesidades físicas, Jesús estaba enseñando a orar por todo: consuelo, salud, ánimo y sabiduría.

¿Cuál es tu necesidad hoy? Ora al Señor, porque «cercano está […] a todos los que le invocan» (Salmo 145:18).

Señor, enséñame a orar y a confiar.

La oración es la voz de la fe, que confía en que Dios sabe y se interesa.

© 2016 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario

Unser Täglich Brot - Überlebenshilfe

Lesen: Matthäus 6,9-15 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 1.Mose 18–19; Matthäus 6,1-18

Der Herr ist nahe allen, die ihn anrufen. Psalm 145,18

Im August 2010 blickte die ganze Welt nach Chile. Dort waren dreiunddreißig Bergleute rund 700 Meter unter Tage in einem Grubenschacht eingeschlossen und wussten nicht, ob jemals Hilfe kommen würde. Nach siebzehn Tagen hörten sie Bohrgeräusche. Die Retter bohrten eine kleine Öffnung in die Decke des Schachts. Durch drei weitere Löcher wurden Wasser, Verpflegung und Medikamente in die Grube gelassen. Die Arbeiter waren von diesen Verbindungen zur Oberfläche abhängig während die Retter oben alles hatten, was sie zum Überleben brauchten. An Tag 69 konnte der letzte Grubenarbeiter geborgen werden.

Niemand kann in dieser Welt ohne Hilfe von außen überleben. Gott, der Schöpfer der Welt, ist der Eine, der uns mit allem versorgt, was wir brauchen. Wie die Bohrlöcher für die Bergleuten so verbindet uns das Gebet mit dem Gott, der alles in der Hand hat.

Jesus ermuntert uns zu beten: „Unser tägliches Brot gib uns heute“ (Matth. 6,11). Brot war damals ein Grundnahrungsmittel und stand für alles, was der Mensch täglich braucht. Jesus lehrt uns also, nicht nur um unser leibliches Wohl zu bitten, sondern um alles, was wir nötig haben—Trost, Heilung, Mut, Weisheit.

Im Gebet haben wir jederzeit Zugang zu ihm und er weiß, was wir brauchen, bevor wir ihn bitten (V.8). Mit welchem Problem hast du heute zu kämpfen? „Der Herr ist nahe allen, die ihn anrufen“ (Ps. 145,18).

Danke, Herr, dass wir mit allem zu dir kommen können. Lehre uns beten und vertrauen. Mehr über das Beten findest du in Lass uns beten auf

Das Gebet ist die Stimme des Glaubens, die darauf vertraut, dass Gott uns kennt und liebt.

© 2016 Unser Täglich Brot

Хлеб наш насущный - Источник благ

Читать сейчас: Матфея 6:9-15 | Библия за год: Бытие 18-19; Матфея 6:1-18

Близок Господь ко всем призывающим Его. — Псалом 144:18

В августе 2010 г. внимание мира было приковано к чилийской трагедии: тридцать три шахтера оказались в смертельной ловушке на глубине 800 м. Сидя в кромешной тьме, они не имели представления, придет ли кто к ним на помощь. Лишь после семнадцати дней ожидания они наконец услышали звук бура. Спасатели пробурили узкую скважину в потолке шахты, а затем еще три, через которые стали передавать измученным людям воду, пищу и лекарства. Затем потянулись долгие недели, в течение которых жизнь шахтеров поддерживалась, благодаря этим скважинам. Только на шестьдесят девятый день спасатели подняли на поверхность последнего шахтера.

Никто из нас не может выжить в этом мире сам по себе. Бог заботится обо всех наших нуждах. Подобно скважинам, связавшим шахтеров с поверхностью, молитва связывает нас с небесным Попечителем.

Иисус Христос побуждал нас молиться: «Хлеб наш насущный дай нам на этот день» (Мф. 6:11). В те времена хлеб был основным продуктом питания, олицетворяя собой ежедневную потребность человека. Спаситель учил нас молиться не только о пище, но и обо всем, в чем мы имеем нужду: утешении, исцелении, мужестве, мудрости.

Благодаря молитве, мы в любое время имеем доступ к Небесному Отцу, а Он знает, в чем мы имеем нужду, еще прежде нашего прошения (Мф. 6:8). Какие у вас проблемы? Господь близок «ко всем призывающим Его» (Пс. 144:18).

Благодарим, Господь, что можем приходить к Тебе со всякой нуждой. Научи нас молиться и уповать.

Молитва – это голос веры в то, что Бог знает нас и заботится.

© 2016 Хлеб Наш Насущный

Notre Pain Quotidien - La source à laquelle puiser

L’Éternel est près de tous ceux qui l’invoquent. Psaume 145.18

En août 2010, le monde entier avait les yeux tournés vers un puits de mine situé près de Copiapó, au Chili. Trente‑trois mineurs se sont retrouvés piégés dans une sombre galerie à 700 m de profondeur, ignorant si des secours arriveraient tôt ou tard jusqu’à eux. Au bout de dix‑sept jours, le bruit d’une foreuse leur est parvenu. Les secouristes ont percé un petit trou dans le plafond du puits, suivi de trois autres trous, par lesquels on a pu leur apporter de l’eau, de la nourriture et des médicaments. Les mineurs dépendaient de ces conduits menant à la surface pour accéder au nécessaire à leur survie. Soixante‑neuf jours après l’effondrement de la mine, les secouristes en ont extirpé le dernier mineur pour le mettre en sécurité.

Aucun d’entre nous ne peut survivre dans notre monde sans compter sur la générosité d’autrui. Dieu, le Créateur de l’univers, est celui qui nous procure tout ce dont nous avons besoin. Comme les conduits forés pour ces mineurs, la prière nous relie au Dieu de toute‑suffisance.

Jésus nous a encouragés à prier ainsi : « Donne‑nous aujourd’hui notre pain quotidien » (MT 6.11). À son époque, le pain était l’aliment de base du peuple et illustrait tout le nécessaire à sa subsistance. Jésus nous a donc enseigné à prier non seulement pour nos besoins physiques, mais aussi pour tous les autres, dont la consolation, la guérison, le courage et la sagesse.

Heureusement que, par la prière, nous avons toujours accès auprès de lui, qui connaît déjà tous nos besoins (V 8) !

La prière exprime la foi en un Dieu qui nous connaît et nous aime.

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