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What Does God Say When People Pray? (Part 5)
Matthew 6:9-13 

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. [10] Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. [11] Give us this day our daily bread. [12] And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. [13] And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 

In the Model Prayer, Jesus taught us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread." Don't read over that phrase too fast. Jesus didn't not instruct us to pray, "Give me this day . . ." He taught us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread."

There is a lesson here. Even the poorest among us should be concerned with the physical needs of others. My tendency when I have a need, is to focus on it, and neglect thinking about the needs of others. Knowing the carnal nature within me, and you, Our Lord taught us to be concerned with other people's needs as much as we are our own,

I have a story to tell you. Set down your pens and notebooks for a moment, sit back and relax and listen.

Eddie Ogan will never forget Easter of 1946. Her little sister Ocy was 12, her older sister Darlene was 16 and she was right in the middle at 14. Times were tough; her dad died five years earlier and the family struggled just to make ends meet. 

A month before Easter her pastor asked the church to give to a special Easter offering to help a poor family. He asked everyone to give sacrificially.

When they got home, the family talked about what they could do. They came to a decision, they would buy 50 pounds of potatoes and live on them for a month, allowing them to give $20 of their grocery money for the offering. Remember, this was 1946, $20.00 went a little further than it does today. They also decided to keep their electric lights turned out as much as possible and not listen to the radio to save money on the electric bill so they could pass the savings on to the "poor family" that needed it. The kids got jobs cleaning yards and babysitting and they started a potholder business. They bought cotton loops for 15 cents and sold the three potholders they made with them for $1. By the end of the month, they'd made $20 on potholders. "That month was the best of our lives." Eddie said.

Every day they counted the money to see how much they'd saved. At night they'd sit in the dark and talk about how the poor family was going to enjoy having the money the church would give them. The church had about 80 people, so they figured that whatever amount of money they had to give, the offering would surely be about 20 times that much. After all, every Sunday their pastor reminded everyone to save for the sacrificial offering.

The day before Easter, Eddie and her little sister Ocy walked to the grocery store and asked the manager to give them three crisp $20 bills and one $10 bill for all their change. They ran all the way home to show Thank you for reading the free preview of this sermon.  The full manuscript is available to Premium Members use these resources in their ministry.
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