Mathew 6 Lesson

Worry

GOD KNOWS WHAT WE NEED BEFORE WE ASK HIM

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explains :

  • “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” – Mathew 6:8.

He then lists several things that people worry about and tells them not to worry about these things. God does not want us to waste our time and talents worrying about:

  1. What we will eat,
  2. What we will drink,
  3. And how we clothe ourselves.

God knows that we need these things, and He will provide everything that we need if we trust and follow Him. We are blessed to have Jesus’ exact words recorded by Mathew for us to reflect on whenever we feel ourselves starting to worry.

Jesus said:

  • “Do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?  And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?  And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil, nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!  Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Mathew 6:25-33.

THREE THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN WE START TO WORRY

If we focus our minds on heavenly things and not the things of this world, we will be much happier and more fulfilled. When we find ourselves worrying, there are three things that we need to think about that will help us to feel better. They are as follows:

  1. God is capable,
  2. We must seek God first to receive His blessings,
  3. Focus on the basics, not the luxuries.

To combat worry, we must believe that God can help our situation, and we must seek Him first. Too often when adversity strikes, we put our faithin the things of this world and not God. When we do this, we should not be surprised if our problems continue.

JESUS TAUGHT US TO PRAY FOR NECESSITIES, NOT LUXURIES

It is important to look at the types of things that Jesus talks about in His sermon. He is not talking about wealth, or possessions, or luxuries. He is talking about the necessities of life (food, water, and clothing). When we think about that point, we need to consider the possibility that some of our anxiety may be happening because our priorities do not align with God’s.

In His sermon, Jesus talked about seeking God first and how to pray. As you read the actual words spoken by Jesus, ask yourself, “Did Jesus pray for necessities or luxuries?”

Jesus said:

  • “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is 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 do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]” – Mathew 6:9-13.

These are the same words that Jesus used when one of His disciples said to Him in Luke 11:1, “Lord, teach us to pray.”

If our prayers are focused on gaining more possession and having more “things,” we are missing the point.

CONCLUSION

God understands what we need even before we ask Him. Therefore, He does not want us to become burdened worrying about what we will eat, or drink, or what clothes we will wear.

When we are stressed and find ourselves worrying, we need to slow down and remind ourselves of three things:

  1. God is capable,
  2. We must seek God first to receive His blessings,
  3. Focus on the basics, not the luxuries.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7.

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James A Guillory

When our focus is on loving the Lord God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, when we are in that intimate love relationship with the Lord we have complete confidence that He will supply all of our needs.

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John B
James A Guillory

Amen!

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Patricia
James A Guillory

Most inspiring. It reminds us as we go over his words what we should be remembering through our day. And to remember to be thankful to him for the day. Keep the faith tomorrow when you awaken. And be thankful for another day in your heart.

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