“So He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread.'”
Luke 11:2-3, NKJV
Several years ago I went to a Christian university to preach and teach. Several thousand people were in the chapel. I enjoyed my stay immensely. The Vice President, Sumner Wemp, took me out that evening for a special steak dinner. While I was enjoying my steak, Wemp was energetically chatting about God’s working in his life. Frankly I was enjoying my steak and did not pay too much attention to what he was saying. He then asked me a question that disturbed me. He said, “Does God answer your prayers daily?” I did not want to answer him, so I replied with a question, “Tell me about your experience.” He did. He shared with me that he was snowed in during a Bible Conference and did a study on prayer. The eight words of Luke 11:3 took on a new meaning. The words were “Give us day by day our daily bread.” (Luke 11:3) He began to share with me that he put a new focus on his prayer life and found God often answering his prayers daily. He then reminded me of two things:
First of all, when we pray, we need to realize that God leads us to request things of Him, based on God’s desire for us. (Psalm 37:4) Secondly, sometimes God answers our prayers daily and we think “well that would have happened anyway!”
The next day I was waiting in one of the university offices for a package. The lady who was bringing it was late. Not being one with great patience, I prayed, “God, open the door now and let her come in.” To my astonishment the door opened and in she walked. My first thought was “She was there anyway.” The fact is, that was an answer to prayer.
QUESTION: Are you praying expecting God to answer your prayers daily? Begin a prayer list and date when the answers come.