Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
There’s one little line in the first reading today that particularly resonates with me: “Give me neither poverty nor riches; provide me only with the food I need.” If you really think about what this prayer means, it’s probably one of the hardest things to honestly ask God for. I mean, it’s easy to ask God not to give us poverty. But to ask Him not give us riches either, but to only give us what we need? That’s hard.
It may not sound hard at first, but the more I live it out, the more I realize how difficult it can be sometimes. God has usually dealt with me this way. He gives me just enough to get by. Just enough money. Just enough energy. Just enough time. Just enough clothing. Just enough sleep. Just enough patience. Just enough courage. Just enough faith.
I find myself wanting just “a little” bit more, then I think I’d feel happy and secure. But our security shouldn’t ultimately come from having enough surplus, but from the conviction that God is our Father and He will give us what we need to thrive. It’s about trust.
Have you ever really thought about the “Our Father” prayer? Every time we recite it, we ask God to give us only what we need: “Give us this day our daily bread.” We ask Him to give us our daily bread, not our weekly, monthly, or yearly bread. Just what we need for today.
What would our life and our faith be like if we honestly asked God only for what we need? Even if He didn’t give us a nice surplus that we could depend on for the future, what if we found our security today in God who has given us what we need... for TODAY? It sounds a little crazy when you think about it, but just look at today’s gospel reading. Jesus sent out His Apostles and told them not to bring much of anything with them. He instructed them to trust that God would provide for them as they sought to fulfill their mission.
What about you and me? The Lord is sending us out on mission, and calling us to trust that whatever tomorrow holds, He holds us in His hands today.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
Do I seek out a surplus?
Do I trust God to give me what I need?
What do I actually need?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"Provide only with what I need."
"Jesus, I trust in you."
"God will take care of me."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Ask God only for what you truly need, and trust that He will provide.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Dan Wolff, husband, father and spreadsheet extraordinaire in Crystal Lake, IL.
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