What a wonderful 21 Days of Prayer! I don’t know about you, but I have been blessed by the Point students, faculty, staff and leadership who have shared daily insights from God’s word. I have learned much from these devotions and from my prayer time each morning.
Someone asked me at the beginning of the 21 Days if we were following a theme. My response was something like, “I’m sure we are, but we won’t know it until the end.” I think that is true. As I look back on these diverse devotional pieces, I read many insightful truths, but I think they all fit under one banner—God is our ultimate provider.
The narrative of the Bible teaches us that God is our provider. From the Bible’s description of God’s provision in creation in the garden of Eden to the provision of never thirsting again in the new heaven and earth, we see time and time again that God provides all we need. God provided abundance in Eden and manna from heaven for his children in Exodus. He provided for Elijah through the poverty of the widow. And he revealed himself to the shepherd David as the Good Shepherd who not only gives David victory over lions, bears and giants but also sets a table of plenty for David until his cup overflows. At just the right time, our Heavenly Father sent us his son who reminds us that we can pray boldly that God’s Kingdom would come to earth as it is in Heaven. If we listen carefully as we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we hear that God provides our daily bread and that He will deliver us from the evil one.
As we close these 21 Days, I encourage you to pray both Psalm 23 and Jesus’ model prayer.
Written by President Dean Collins
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.