THE PRAYER OF A CHILD
Psa. 118:1 ¶ Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
“God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for this food, by His hands we are fed, thank the Lord for daily bread.” This was the prayer my mom taught me to pray over my meals when I was a small child. I prayed it for years, not really knowing the significance of the words. While praying this prayer, I was declaring God’s greatness, God’s goodness, and His love and sufficiency for us through His daily provision. It is easy to take the Lord’s daily provision for granted, His provision is consistent, excessive, but somehow quite subtle. Most of us don’t recognize His daily care and provision, but He is faithful even when we are faithless. Since my conversion, I have seen God’s continual love and provision for me. Today, I am more amazed than ever of God’s personal care for my life. Martin Luther spoke powerfully about the goodness of our God. Check out his words.
“God proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is good and loving. His daily and continual goodness shows this in rich and powerful ways. This psalm says, “His love endures forever.” In other words, God continually does what is best for us. He provides for our bodies and souls and protects us day and night. He continues to preserve our lives. He lets the sun and moon shine for us and allows the sky, fire, air, and water to serve us. The Lord causes the earth to give us everything we need—grain, food, cattle feed, wood, and the resources for making wine and clothes. He gives us gold and silver, homes and families, spouses and children, animals, birds, and fish. Who can count all the Lord’s blessings?”
If you look carefully at the Lord’s creation, it somehow seems to be like an orchestrated dance. Every part of it works with and supports all of the other parts of creation. The fields cry out for the rain, the rain waters the earth and brings forth an abundant harvest.
The harvest supplies bread for food and seed for sowing and the dance goes on and on. Each of us cry out to the Lord of the harvest for our daily provision, and He responds directing His world to supply for His sons and daughters. Thinking back over those childhood prayers, I see a profound simplicity in those words. God is great, He is all powerful ruling all things for His glory and pleasure. God is good, His goodness displayed in the person of His Son who gave His life for us. By His hands we are fed, just as He multiplied the fish and loaves in His hands, we eat from His hands every day. Recognizing these qualities in our Lord produces gratefulness in our hearts. I think i’ll pray the prayer of a child today, “Thank the Lord for daily bread”.