Like a Child

And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2-4)

Think of a child: hopelessly dependent, unable to survive on their own, fully looking up to parents or guardians for every need. Children also approach the world with a sense of wonder we lose as we grow, a gleefulness that we crowd out with responsibilities and burdens. When we approach God with this same attitude, we will see Him as the provider of everything and simply delight in his care for us. He is our good Father, loving us in spite of ourselves. When we run to him like a child, happy and carefree and fully trusting, our relationship and faith will grow in the humility and awe Jesus calls us to. 

Daily Bread

Two things I ask of you:
deny them not to me before I die:
Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that is needful for me,
lest I be full and deny you
and said "Who is the Lord?"
or lest I be poor and steal
and profane the name of my God.
(Proverbs 30:7-9)

I know personally, when everything is going my way, when I am just killing it at work and my home life is stellar and my worship is rocking and we are not worried by a bill (or even, treating ourselves because I stayed on budget), it can feel like "I did this, because I was so good." We need to be mindful of pride when things are good, because it is very easy to fall into believing we are responsible for our own successes and can do everything on our own. At the other end of the spectrum, we also pray to not have too little, to not fall into the trap of self-pity or despair that comes with both actual and spiritual poverty, thus not trusting God in our low points. The writer of Proverbs spoke to this balance, as well as Jesus when he was teaching the disciples to pray with "Give us this day our daily bread." Looking at this, I have tried in my own prayers to stop asking for everything I want, but begging for just enough to continue serving Him and praising Him, while never forgetting that every blessing I have is through Him and not my own strength. 

Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11)