Prayer Provides (Updated Twice)

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Anonymous Writes (May 6):

Two or three weeks ago, I prayed that God would send financial provision out of the blue. Last week, we got a check for $800 from my cousins who have only the faintest hint that we have any hardship. The next day, the A/C in our car broke. We took it in and had everything else in the car fixed for $758.80. God provides.

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matt 6:25, 33).

Daniel just preached a sermon on taking comfort in God and not money, for God will provide for our needs. Amen.

Update (May 11):

I was feeling the stress of finances with the prospect of some future income not coming through.

Since I was depending on this, putting some of my emotional security in it, the news came as a let down. I drove home as anxiety sank in. I sat in my driveway praying again that God would drop provision out of the sky. When I went inside, my wife told me her parents decided to give us some money to support us temporarily. As my eyes teared up, I confessed, "God is good" (and possibly "The sermon was right"). I had never asked her parents for money.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
 (Psalm 107:1)

Update (June 17):

My family and I have recently been financially strapped awaiting approval for long term disability. Months of little to no income have seen God's provision, as witnessed in some of my previous prayers submitted to The Trellis. Our latest provision was running dry and some hard decisions were going to have to be made.

We could no longer wait for long term disability to replace my former income. I had to find a job I could do, no matter how little it paid, which would forfeit my chances of getting long term disability. Such a job wouldn't support my family like disability pay would, but it would put more food on the table than waiting.

So my wife and I prayed, "God, 'give us this day our daily bread.' We really need something to drop out of the sky again." We prayed that with full confidence that God can and with full confidence that whatever happened was God's plan for our lives and was better than our plan. We were effectively praying, "Your will be done." We were trying to pray according to the James 1:5–8 sermon anyway. We prayed that on Monday night, June 15. On Wednesday morning, June 17, I got a call from my long term disability agent. After four months of review, we were going to get back-paid a sizeable amount, plus continuing monthly disability pay, plus the option of working a limited amount without penalty. God is generous. He provides. Amen.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil
 (Matt 6:9–13).