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The Provision of Prayer

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD
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November 25, 2020 7:00 am

The Provision of Prayer

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD

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November 25, 2020 7:00 am

Even if you have multiple incomes, you only have one source. Thats why Dr. Tony Evans is here to talk to us about how God "gives us this day our daily bread" and how we can avoid the temptation to take his provision for granted.

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Your commitment to the kingdom of God's provision in your life. Dr. Tony Evans is God is more than enough for whatever your situation happens to be God to focus on my kingdom focus on your this is the alternative with Dr. Tony Hunter, speaker, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the alternative, God's promise to provide our need today. Dr. Evans takes us to the Lord's prayer for look at how we present those needs. To the Lord and how he responds when we do, let's join him when my children were young we invited and welcomed a new member to our family. It was a poodle's name was Solomon. Solomon was welcomed into our home. One of the responsibilities we took on for Solomon was providing him his daily food. There were two moles next to the pad that we laid out for him to rest on one was filled with water every day and one was filled with his food for the day every day.

Some part of my kingdom. Make sure Solomon was cared for, and his daily needs and his daily bread was provided on one specific occasion after I put his daily food in his bowl.

Solomon began eating his food and and he unexpectedly not some of the food over onto the floor. I reached down to pick up some of the food that he had knocked on the floor and evidently in Solomon's body got too close to his soul.

Solomon growled at me and snapped at me. Evidently, Solomon was confused. Solomon didn't understand that the only reason he had a meal that day is because of the evidence kingdom provided the only reason we have more than that day is because it was provided for you. The only reason he had in the winter and air conditioning in the summer was because my kingdom was responsible for the only Riviera pad to label each day of the week and I was willing we were willing to inconvenience ourselves was because he was aghast in another person's kingdom. You know Solomon's problem. He got used to the provisions of the kingdom is becoming so regularly so expectedly that he viewed it as a right and not a privilege, for which he was grateful but if he were grateful for the daily provision he would've been grateful for my hand that he thought was interrupting him. That was actually designed to help you. Likewise, God's children to get some use to his goodness.

God's children can get so used to how faithfully he provides that we lose sight of the fact that the provider because we get so focused on the provision but about exposition of the Lord's prayer is give us this day our daily bread. Give us this day our daily bread never going to go any further I want you to understand where its position in the prayer start off the Lord doesn't tell his disciples to start off praying. Give us this day on them to bring what you started following my name, submitting yourself to be authority by kingdom and yielding to my will.

Now we can get to give us this day. A lot of us want to reverse the order of the prayer. Give us this day our daily bread. You put God in his proper place. You cannot have God on the perimeter of the poor.

Three and he still has to give us this day our daily bread because you've gotten things out of order you placed the blessing of provision I have of the blast. So who is the provider going to make a big deal about you may follow your name your character your person yield myself to the will of your kingdom and I'm going to subject myself to the desire of you will all become your father, for whom I want a relationship, give me the day daily. I mean what Jesus is telling his disciples then and now is to put your call for his provision underneath your exultation of his person.

Because whenever you reverse the order you're putting God in the wrong place of you. So that leads to the first of three thoughts. I want to give you from this line today is the source of your provision not repeat something if you're better for a while.

You've heard me say a multiplicity of times if you knew this will be new to you but everything buying soon, and that is that you only have one source you do not have multiple sources in life. God is holy bona fide source. Everything else is a resource and kinship resources when ever he wants because he has no soul source is not your source. Your money is not your source. Your job is not your source.

You only have one source that stores is God. Everything else by mining the job the people you know they are merely a resource through which God uses. Now the beauty of knowing that you only have one source and everything else is a mere resource is that now you put the proper focus on your source. Knowing he can ship the resource anytime he choses you can change if he can build because you are looking for any of those resources make a resource job money buying people the moment you make a resource source that's called idolatry.

Because idols of the Bible were things people look to meet their needs. God, since God is your only source. Here it is no resource to know you.

If God is you only saw no resource can control you. No resource can threaten you, and no resource camera when you resource was never your source, your source was a living and true God. Psalm 104 talks about how God is our source in our provider. I just read a few of the verses beginning with verse 10 of Psalm 104, he sends for springs in the Valley that flow between the mountains that give to every beast of the field, while donkeys quench their thirst. Besides, the birds of the heavens.

Well they lift up their voices among the branches he wanted is the mountain we are satisfied with the fruit of his works. Verse 1480, causes the grass to grow for the cattle and the vegetation for the labor of man so that he may bring forth from the earth. Verse 15 and wine which makes man's heart glad he says in verse 27. They all wait for you to give them their food in due season you give to them gather it up you open your hand they are satisfied with good but if you had your face, they are dismayed to take away this very they expire and return to the dust. All of that is if it weren't for God.

You couldn't go to the grocery store in the grocery store had to be taken from a male or from a butcher shop that metadata be raised on the phone all cattle herd on a ranch that only means that there had to be seems to be planted on animals that could reproduce themselves. The only reason you Eat cereal with milk cows feed on grass that allows the system that God put them to produce the milk that allows you to enjoy your cereal so you take away God, you take away see you take away God, you take away land take away God take away ready to take away God take away sunshine you take away God, you take away the milk you take away the mail because I have nothing to sell. So when you go to the grocery store God that makes that possible. Because the store is a resource is the only source and Psalm 34 verses eight through 10. Understanding will source Matthew 772 11 invites God's children to come to him as a father and recognize that he is your source. Your commitment to the kingdom of God will of God's provision in your life. In Matthew chapter 6 verses 31 to 34, God tells his people don't learn about what you want to go drink what you go away. I don't make an obsession.

He says all these things the Gentiles the non-Christians all nervous about in seeking panic over which happily father he already knows what you need. That's all he says in verse 33 see the kingdom of God and his standard, his righteousness and all these things will beatitude you God says I've got to I got your back.

I know what you mean you would focus on my kingdom you'll see me focus on your provision.

But if you make the obsession your provision at the expense of my person, my kingdom and my will that what you're saying is you are your own source and not just a convenient addition. Unfortunately today that's what so many people do when they come the church they come for their blessing. They want the provision regardless of how much attention they give the blessing they want the blessing homage to the blessing will, but as long as I get my blessed for their own personal benefit. God says whatever you understand and I want a relationship, father, I want you will make a big deal about my knee I want you to submit yourself to my will and I want you to say I will be done, you'll see the current provider I could be for God wants to be your provider and so the spiritual must come first. The first part of the program must precede. Give us this day. Dr. Evans will continue our look at God's provision through prayer when he returns just a moment for so a quick reminder that you can get today's message to review again study at your own pace is a part of Tony's current series, the Lord's prayer available on both CD and digital download. This eight part collection focuses on how to make your prayers more like the model Jesus gave us so they become more effective, more intimate and more about God's agenda than your own. Just visit Tony Evans.org make a contribution and will say thanks by sending you full-length copies of all the messages in the Lord's prayer series, including material we won't have time to share here on the year and as a special bonus for just a few more days will also include a copy of Tony's powerful book, God is more than enough centered on Psalm 23. Dr. Evans explores how David's timeless masterpiece goes beyond literary brilliance and teaches us the secret to finding a happy life by looking for fulfillment and provision in God alone. So visit Tony Evans.org right away to get the details and make a donation or call 1-800-800-3222 were members of our resource team are on duty 24 hours a day to help you. Again, that's 1-800-800-3222, or online@tonyevans.org Dr. Evans will come back with more of today's lesson right after this. The thing about serving an incident God is that no matter how much you know there's always more to learn so brand-new the Scripture or an experienced ministry professional. There's something for you. With Tony having screenings will find online courses covering core concepts working at your own pace and schedule will dig deep and historical context of the book uncover the key teachings and learn how to apply them in real situations. There's lots of exclusive content from Dr. Evans to keep you interested and motivated an online form where you can ask questions and answers can collaborate with other students.

The more you learn, the more you want to give it a try. Tony having screenings discovered in time, anywhere in John chapter 6 verses 33 to 35 Jesus was feeding people bread. They were hungry. They wanted to make Jesus you missing the point you want to keep me here for the physical why you're missing the spiritual is the bread of life. You so that you would come closer to me. I'm not just you, so you get full when they prayed over some sardines and crackers and turn them into a Moby Dick sandwich on the beach was to show them spiritually. You want to follow me.

I'm not just feeding you so you can eat for another day.

Give us this day our daily bread to remind you that the one you give it source. Everything else is merely a resource. Having established the source. Let's look at the substance because it daily bread. Now I don't know how it is usable when I was growing up we call money bread was a brain and I was a synonym for money.

We call it bread money as a medium of exchange money you'll build houses out of money is merely a medium of exchange for provision you use money for the things money can buy. So it's a way to be provided when Jesus says bread is talking about provision now to be fair, I must tell you a few times when God will not provide one God. Providing when it's time to take you home so either you can't take it you can't eat it you can buy the medicine you can't.

The medicine help you people keep provisional way when he's transitioning you to your eternal provision as a child of God, so that the time it may not or will not provide a second time he will not provide which I've already headed to his winnings trying to grow spiritually. So to grow spiritually let the brook dried up to let the Raven stop to let you lose the job to let the money run low will allow a lot of couples video fight over money when God is the one who caused it to be a problem because he is trying to draw you into a deeper relationship with him. Loving money more than him and so he will grow us through the process of letting things go south for a period of time through a provisional trial now.

The final reason why God may delay provision is because of disobedience or carnality that is living in rebellion so he stops providing he stops beating the need to allow the need that's being met to be destructive to you. Psalm 106 verse 15 puts it this way, Israel was fussing about not enough me like our kids plus when they don't want this vegetable vegetable see God was set another man is cornflakes from above that was made.

We want more me not me. So God says okay since you want to be grateful. I would give you me to give you more me in the Bible says quail rained down from heaven more than make any sooner. They gathered up and became stale and then it says God what they wanted to send leanness to their souls to God believing all the bless you until you learn. Man does not live by bread alone, but he lives by every word that comes out of the mouth of God. Now that somebody else wants to provide for you know that because in Matthew chapter 4 verse four. The devil told Jesus turning stones into bread Jesus you been fasted 40 days and 40 nights you know you're hungry. I know you're hungry and I have an operation breadbasket food program.

Now it will do that to the sinless son of God, Jesus Christ. Now we got a meal plan for you. He says since you are the son of God, leasing since you are a child of God. I have a job. I have a way you can make money.

I have a way to get some bread.

I am waiting to get this thing that is not in God's will work it out for you if you hang with me if you just disregard God for a moment and just do it my way to work this thing out for you.

There are a lot of people here who have been tempted to follow the devil in order to get the money to follow the devil in order to be accepted by the folks that were to follow the devil in order to get the opportunity because he's got the bread to offer you likely already been Jesus but what did Jesus say man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

What is the main task of this money doesn't mean it's money that you should be handling just because it's a job opportunity for you to take a job is the devil providing God providing because if the devil provides that he can lay claim to what happens to finally look at the schedule. Give us this day daily. Today Matthew 16 for the kingdom of God is right and all these things we granted to Vince's whereabouts tomorrow for the day has enough trouble of its own, so the context of daily food is to recognize God as your source on a daily basis by which now moved to gratitude.

This may not be what I want, but I'm thankful I'm not stop. This may not be a cop and I want I think I'm out walking the movement of gratitude while you make your request made no and I want you to know that you are providing God when Israel would leave an angel got the money to run away from Egypt to the promised land.

God said he went to grab all jewelry all given to Israel to get them. God even knows how to use a wicked employee of wicked job to move you to the next place Dr. Evans will come back in a moment with a quick word to ramp up today's message from his current series, the Lord's prayer. Remember, you can stop by Tony up and start or to get that special double offer. I mentioned a little earlier.

A copy of this eight part series as well as Tony's powerful life-changing book God is more than enough where he takes an in-depth look at how Psalm 23 can help you realize this simple truth if the Lord is your shepherd he will meet all your needs. Both of these resources are great tools for digging deeper into learning about God's provision and we like you to have them with our thanks when you make a contribution to help us keep Tony's teaching on the station. Contact us today at Tony up and start or to get the details and make the arrangements or call us on our 24 hour resource request line at 1-800-800-3222 that's 1-800-800-3222 God's forgiveness is a gift with Dr. Tony and says the grudges we hold toward others can prevent us from receiving it tomorrow, he'll take a look at the prayer that leads to parking. Right now though he's back with a quick thought to wrap up today's lesson I tell it what you want to be grateful for what you have, the priority of his name and his kingdom. You'll see how the provider God can be God's law that enough whatever your situation happens Tony have been altered is made possible by the generous confusions of listeners like


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