Our God has a great many names—one of which is Jehovah Jireh which means “The Lord will provide.” But sometimes, it’s a little too easy to get caught up in the limitless provisions of the Father that we forget about the source which we are receiving from. In “The Provision of Prayer,” Tony Evans has three thoughts to share with you regarding our one and only true Source and Provider.

where were you

if you would have been here she said

this thing wouldn’t happen

the blood of christ has given believers

a passport

to enter into a realm

that is closed to the general public

prayer is how you show your passport

god has given so much clout to prayer

that’s relationally driven

to draw heaven in the history that he

will even allow prayer to change his


the disciples never asked jesus to teach

them to preach

to teach them to do miracles the one

thing they did ask him is will you teach

us to pray

if you pursue a relationship and bring

your needs along with that

in your secret place

you will hear from god because god will

hear from you

ask and it will be given to you seek and

you will find knock and it will be open

to you don’t let things that god is

willing to change go unchanged because

we refuse to meet him in a private place


give us this day our daily bread

now before we go any further i want you

to understand

where it’s positioned

in the prayer

he doesn’t start off the lord doesn’t

tell his disciples to start our praying

give us this day our daily bread

he says where you start is hollowing my


submitting yourself to the authority of

my kingdom

and yielding to my will now we can get

to give us this day our daily bread

see a lot of us want to reverse the

order of the prayer

give us

this day our daily prayer

comes after you put god in his proper


so that leads to the first of three

thoughts i want to give you from this


today the first one is the source

of your provision

god is your only

bonafide source

everything else is a resource

and he can shift resources whenever he


because he is the sole source

your bank is not your source

your money is not your source

your job is not your source your sugar

daddy is not your source

you only have one source

and that source is god

everything else the bank your money the

job the people you know

they are merely a resource or a

mechanism through which god


now the beauty of knowing that you only

have one source

and everything else is a mere


is that now you put

the proper focus on your source knowing

he can shift the resource anytime he


he can move it about he can flip it he

can change it he can he can destroy it

he can build it up because you weren’t

looking to any of those resources to be

your source

the moment you make a resource job money

bank people the moment you make a

resource a source that’s called idolatry

because idols in the bible were things

people looked at to meet their needs

independently of god

since god is your only source here it is

no resource can own you

if god is your only source no resource

can control you no resource can threaten

you and no resource can ruin you because

your resource was never your source

your source was the living and true god

psalm 104 talks about how god is our


and our provider i just read a few of

the verses

beginning with verse 10

of psalm 104 he sends forth springs in

the valley

that flow between the mountains

that give to every beast of the field

and the wild donkeys quench their thirst

besides them the birds of the heaven


they lift up their voices among the

branches he waters the mountain

the earth is satisfied with the fruit of

his works verse 14 he causes the grass

to grow

for the cattle

and the vegetation for the labor of man

so that he may bring forth food

from the earth and here’s the one many

of you will like verse 15 and wine which

makes man’s hearts glad

he says in verse 27

they all wait for you

to give them their food in due season

you give to them they gather it up you

open your hand they are satisfied with

good but if you hide your face

they are dismayed you take away their

spirit they expire

and return to the dust all of that is

saying is

if it weren’t for god

you couldn’t go to the grocery store

anything in the grocery store

had to be taken from a mill

or from a butcher shop that meant it had

to be raised on a farm

or cattle herded

on a ranch

that only means that there had to be

seeds to be planted

or animals that could reproduce


the only reason you get to eat cereal

with milk

is because cows feed on grass that

allows the system that god put in them

to produce the milk that allows you to

enjoy your cereal

so you take away god you take away seed

you take away god you take away land you

take away god you take away rain you

take away god you take away sunshine you

take away god you take away the mill you

take away the meal the grocer has

nothing to sell so when you go to the

grocery store it’s god that makes that

possible because the store is a resource

god is the source

and he says he is the only source and

those he says who fear him

psalm 34 verses 8 through 10 understand

that he’s the source

matthew 7 7-11 invites god’s children to

come to him

as a father and recognize that he is

your source

your commitment to the kingdom the rule

of god will affect god’s provision in

your life

in matthew chapter 6

verses 31 to 34

god tells his people don’t worry about

what you’re going to eat

or what you’re going to drink

or what you’re going to wear don’t make

that an obsession he says

he says all these things the gentiles

the non-christians

are all nervous about and and

panic over

he says but your heavenly father

he already knows what you need

and so he says in verse 33

seek ye first the kingdom of god

and his standard his righteousness and

all these things will be added to you

god says i got you

i got your back i know what you need and

if you would focus on my kingdom

then you’ll see me focus on your

provision you’ll see the kind of

provider i can be

for god

wants to be

your provider

the point of that verse of seeky first

is that here it is the spiritual must

precede the physical that’s why i love

deuteronomy 8

verses 11 through 18.

god says i’ll let you go hungry i let

your stuff spill over

let me put it in everyday language

i’ll let you lose your job

i let there be a depression

economically in society

that eroded some of your 401.

i’ll let there be a downturn in your


so god will let you go hungry he comes

in verse 18 and he says

for it is the lord who gives you the

power to make wealth

so why do i have to make this big deal

about god

well let’s start with the fact that

there is no god you don’t get up let’s

start with that

you don’t even get to start your day

if there is no god

if there is no god you don’t have an arm

to guilt the steering wheel or a leg to

press the accelerator and go to the

brake if there is no god you don’t have

a mind to even know whether you’re going

the right way

if there is no god there is nobody to

even get tired and if there’s no god

there’s no home to come home to

see if there is no god there is no job

and there is no job opportunity god says

i even give you the power

to make what you make to provide what

you have so nothing

gets to you that doesn’t come through my

hand first

i am your source my name my kingdom my

will and then you will experience my

provision at a whole another level

he told adam and eve i have an

assignment for you

and i have this assignment for you and

i’m going to make provision for you to

fulfill the assignment every tree of the

garden is going to be full and lush so

you can fulfill the kingdom assignment i

give to you

yes god will allow things to dry up

but he’ll also not only to help us to

remember he’s our source

he will allow us things to dry up in

order to move us to his next

place of provision

in first kings chapter 17.

god led elijah

to the brook

filled with water

he was he was thirsty he got to drink

from the brook but he and then he got


the bible says god sent a raven

to feed him

some of you didn’t hear that

god sent a raven to feed him

now a raven in the bible

is an unclean bird

that is a forbidden bird they could not

eat ravens for they were unclean

so let me tell you about god

he’ll even use something


to make provision for you

he’ll use the unrighteous to pay a bill

he’ll use an ungodly opportunity to take

care of it

for just cause you can’t do nothing with

it doesn’t mean he can’t do nothing with


so he used the raven

but then something happened the bible


it says

in first kings 17

it says the brook dried up no more water

and the ravens stop bringing food

so now he’s thirsty again

he’s hungry again

but then god said i have a widow in


and i have commanded her to provide for


so watch this

god provided for him at the brook

but when he got too comfortable at the


and needs were being met at the brook

god dried up the brook

held back the raven because he wanted to

move him to a new opportunity

in zarephath

sometimes god will let a pink slip be

put on your desk

and you’re depressed cause god how could

you make me lose my job when he’s just

moving you on

to the next opportunity

because if you’re submitted to his


god is your provider

he is your source some of us are

complaining about went wrong what went

wrong when god is trying to move us to

the next thing that is right that’s why

you got to praise him

when stuff goes bad because god is often

doing something new

when you’re submitted to his kingdom

submitted to his will

and you’re hollowing and praising his


and so

the spiritual must come first the first

part of the prayer must proceed give us

this day our daily bread

give us this day our daily bread

is to remind you that the one you’re

asking to give it is the source

everything else

is merely a resource

having established the source

let’s look at the substance

he calls it

daily bread

so when jesus says bread he’s talking



that god wants

us to look at him

as his provider

of the necessities of life food clothes

shelter those are the fundamental

provisions those are the needs anything

above that is a want

nothing wrong with getting once but you

must have needs being met for once to be


god says i am the provider of bread

and i am the one who will make sure that

what is needed is provided if i’m

prioritized in the right place


to be fair i must tell you a few times

when god will not provide god will stop

providing when it’s time to take you


when it’s time to take you home

he will make this earth provision


for you

so either you can’t take it you can’t

eat it you can’t buy the medicine you

can’t the medicine won’t help you he

will keep provision away when he’s

transitioning you

to your eternal provision as a child of

god so that’s a time he may not or will

not provide

a second time he will not provide which

i’ve already headed to

is when he’s trying to grow us


so in order to grow us spiritually he’ll

let the brook dry up he’ll let the raven

stop he’ll let you lose the job he’ll

let the money run low he will allow that

that’s what he says in james one i want

you to praise me when things are going

so why because when things are going

south it forces you to look up

when things are up you may no longer

feel the need to look up

now the final reason why god may delay

provision is because of disobedience or


that is you’re living in rebellion so he

stops providing he stops

meeting the need or

he allows the need that’s being met to

be destructive to you

see god will even over-bless you

he will over-bless you

so that the stuff that’s coming in see

because now that you can afford a house

it may no longer be a home

you may have a place you don’t even want

to go to anymore because it’s a

miserable place you may be able to have

a car but now you have nowhere to take

it because your health can’t even get in

it so god will allow you to get

provision independent of him but you’ll

have a hole so big in your soul you’ll

drive a mack truck through it because

you wanted it independently of god so

he’ll either keep it or he’ll let you

have more of it than you can handle

until you learn man does not live by

bread alone

but he lives by every word that comes

out of the mouth of god you see god

wants to provide the provision


there’s somebody else who wants to

provide for you

he says give us this daily bread

so let me tell you somebody else who

wants to provide for you the devil wants

to cook for you

you didn’t know that the devil wants to

cook for you he’s got a

culinary cuisine program

with your name on it

how do i know that because in matthew

chapter 4 verse 4 the devil told jesus

turn these stones in the bread

jesus you’ve been fasting 40 days and 40

nights you know you’re hungry i know

you’re hungry and i have an operation

bread basket food program with your name

on it now if the devil will do that to

the sinless son of god

jesus christ you know he’s got a meal

plan for you

he says turn these stones in the bread

since you are the son of god so he’s

saying to you and me since you are a

child of god i have i have a i have a

job for you i have a way you can make

money i have a way you can get some

bread i have a way you can get this

thing that that that is not in god’s

will but i can work it out for you if

you just hook up with me and my posse i

can work it out for you if you hang with

me if you just disregard god for a

moment and just do it my way i can work

this thing out for you there are a lot

of people here who have been tempted to

follow the devil in order to get the

money to follow the devil in order to be

accepted by the folks at work to follow

the devil in order to get the

opportunity because he can guarantee you

that if you do it his way he’s got the

bread to offer you like he offered it to

jesus but what did jesus say

man shall not live by bread alone but by

every word that proceeds out of the

mouth of god what does it mean

he’s saying you don’t only go for the

bread you go for the source that

provided it

just because it’s money doesn’t mean

it’s money that you should be handling

just because it’s a job doesn’t mean

it’s the opportunity for you to take

advantage of is the devil providing it

or is the god providing it because if

the devil provides it then he can lay

claim on what happens to it

he wants to be the provider by the way

the bible talks about this

in first timothy 4

1-5 it talks about the doctrine of


says demons have teaching

and their teaching involves food

what you eat and what you don’t eat and

the devil has a cuisine program

so what does god say in verse 5 of first

timothy 4 he says sanctify your food

with the word of god in prayer

ooh wait amen

set your food apart sanctify

set it apart to god


the word of god and prayer because the

devil has a feeding program

he calls it a doctrine of demons let me

tell you another reason why you got to

sanctify your food

because the devil wants to contaminate


so you better recognize god when you sit

down to eat because you be could be

sitting down eating carcinogenics

that can do havoc with your body so you

better set that meal apart to god and

let god know he’s your source and if

anything is in these potatoes if

anything is in this vegetable if

anything is in this meat that’s going to

mess me up then i want to set it apart

to you so that you use it for my body


let’s look at the schedule

give us this day our

daily bread

give us this day our

daily bread

he used daily twice give us this day


daily bread that’s two times in a short

phrase he says


matthew sixty first the kingdom of god

is righteousness

and all these things will be granted to


and then he says

don’t worry about tomorrow

for today has enough trouble of its own


here’s our problem

if you live in the west

and even in the second world

where it’s more socialistic

and there’s a third world where it’s


emerging civilizations when you live in

the west this world that we live in

we technically don’t have to pray for

daily food

because of refrigeration

we already have tomorrow’s food

when the bible was written that was not

an option

didn’t have refrigeration like we have

it today

you know how they ate

one day at a time

so it forced you to have to be dependent

on other systems to be at work for you

to even eat today

daily bread now changes because i need

today’s bread to work for me


the reason he says daily bread follow

this now

is because of the purpose of bread

the purpose of provision

comes underneath god’s kingdom

when god gave adam and eve food

it was because he gave them a physical


that physical body needed nutrients in

order to function

the first reason why god gave to adam

and eve

food was to fuel them

fuel them to provide them the

nourishment and the nutrients why did

they need the nourishments and nutrients

to carry out the kingdom assignment that

had been given to them god gave them an

assignment to fuel you

to produce the results of the assignment

i’m going to give you food that your

body needs to be fueled in order to

fulfill the assignment i gave you and oh

by the way i’m going to make it

entertaining i’m going to make it juicy

and enjoyable we all love a good cook

but the goal is to fuel you for kingdom


the daily bread was to give you enough


in order for you to be fueled over the

next 24 hours to carry forth the

hollowing of my name the submitting to

my kingdom and the accomplishing of my


not just so you could develop a disease

after you eat and go to sleep it was to

fuel you to carry out my purposes so if

you eat good enjoy good but never are

carrying out god’s purposes you are

fueled as a fool because the fuel is not

being used for the kingdom purpose for

which it has been a sign it has only

been used for your personal fulfillment

and enjoyment you turn your daily bread

into daily fuel to carry out god’s

kingdom purposes and his will for your

life god is very motivated to give you

this day the daily food and the

protection of that food because he knows

you’re going to do his program with it

you’re now fulfilling his will his

purpose in relationship to him

so the context of daily food is to

recognize god as your source

on a daily basis i want you to move into

gratitude while you make your request

made known unto him

and i want you to know that your god and

my god is a providing god

when he led israel in exodus 15 he led

them by the by the waters of myra they

started to drink and they said ah we

can’t drink this this thing is bitter

it’s not gonna work and the bible said

they grumbled but then god told moses go

get a stick go get a piece of wood he

took the piece of wood and put it in the

waters of myra and the bible says and

the bitterness left and the water became

sweet god is so good at provision he can

take inanimate objects and turn a

situation around

if you let god be the provider

his sufficiency tell him what you want

be grateful for what you have and put it

in the priority of his name and his

kingdom you will see how much of a

provider god can be

god is more than enough

for whatever your situation happens to



how does god know that you know

that all the good things you get to

enjoy come from him

your king

and from his kingdom

or do you we take it for granted it’s

just supposed to happen

god wants to know

that we value his provision and that we

recognize him as our provider

that we only have one source

and he may use a multiplicity of


but we recognize that if it wasn’t for

a loving father who rules a kingdom who

provides good things for his children if

it wasn’t for him the good things could

never be enjoyed