When we pray, "Give us this day our daily bread," we are, in a measure, shutting tomorrow out of our prayer. We do not live in tomorrow but in today. We do not seek tomorrow's grace or tomorrow's bread. They thrive best, and get the most out of life, who live in the living present. They pray best who pray for today's needs, not for tomorrow's, which may render our prayers unnecessary and redundant by not existing at all! True prayers are born of present trials and present needs. Bread, for today, is bread enough. Bread given for today is the strongest sort of pledge that there will be bread tomorrow. Victory today, is the assurance of victory tomorrow. Our prayers need to be focused upon the present, We must trust God today, and leave tomorrow entirely with Him. The present is ours; the future belongs to God. Prayer is the task and duty of each recurring daydaily prayer for daily needs.
As every day demands its bread, so every day demands its prayer. No amount of praying, done today, will suffice for tomorrow's praying. On the other hand, no praying for tomorrow is of any great value to us today. Today's manna is what we need; tomorrow God will see that our needs are supplied. This is the faith which God seeks to inspire. So leave tomorrow, with its cares, its needs, its troubles, in God's hands. There is no storing tomorrow's grace or tomorrow's praying; neither is there any laying-up of today's grace, to meet tomorrow's necessities. We cannot have tomorrow's grace, we cannot eat tomorrow's bread, we cannot do tomorrow's praying. "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof;" and, most assuredly, if we possess faith, sufficient also, will be the good.
I have been working on my web page for some time now, gradually adding to it. It started out as Rick's Place with a picture, a verse of Scripture and a wise thought, but I wanted to include more on prayer. And with that I wanted to find a unique name for my site that wasn't being used elsewhere. Rick's place was already used and didn't reflect the real purpose of my site, which I believe God has been leading me to develop. The purpose of my site is to encourage daily prayer, knowledge of and intimacy with God. I was going to call it Prayer Place, but that just didn't fit it either. Then I believe God gave me the name "Pray Today" and at the same time reminded me of the thoughts listed above from the book The Necessity Of Prayer by E. M. Bounds on the subject of prayer and faith for today. It is a great book that I would recommend for your reading. Visit often, I have much to add as time allows. May your visits bring you closer to the Lord, and encourage you to Pray Today. If you find this site encouraging, give the link to a friend so that they can visit too, and pray that God will use it to bless them as well.
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