This is another of my devotionals that was published in an anthology titled Anytime Prayers for Everyday People. It is included in the section titled Prayers of Praise and Thanksgiving.
When I want to thank God
for His provision . . .
My God shall supply all your need
according to his riches in glory
by Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 4:19 KJV
If You, LORD, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You.
—Psalm 130:3-4 NASB
[Jesus said] Don’t worry about food—what to eat and drink;
don’t worry at all that God will provide it for you.
All mankind scratches for its daily bread,
but your heavenly Father knows your needs.
He will always give you all you need from day to day
if you will make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.
—Luke 12:29-31 TLB
He provides food for those who fear him;
he is ever mindful of his covenant.
—Psalm 111:5 RSV
His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him who called us
by his own glory and goodness.
—2 Peter 1:3 NRSV
. . . I will pray.
I’m getting ready for a camping trip and realize I don’t have everything I need. My tent and sleeping bag will give me protection at night. I’ll take my poncho in case it rains and some warm clothing in preparation for the predicted cold weather. My list includes enough food and beverages for the weekend, various cooking implements, a flashlight and lantern to enable me to see after dark, and various medications I need to take. I check off each of these items against my list, but it seems that I’m forgetting something, some provision. What could it be?
We both know that I know what’s missing, Lord. I can cover the easy stuff—food, beverages, pans—but I need Your help to see to the things I can’t: the unseen, the unexpected, the unplanned.
Thank You for all You supply on my behalf. You’re like a hedge of protection around me, providing me with whatever I need to face a weekend campout or an everyday circumstance. Thank You, my Lord. I wouldn’t think of going anywhere without You.
God is absolutely unlimited in His ability and His resources.
And He is unlimited in His desire to pour out those resources upon us.
[From Anytime Prayers for Everyday People. Copyright © 2006 Bordon-Winters LLC]