Message by Christin Taylor – January 21, 2024

BIG IDEA: “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” teaches us that prayer is an act of submission and an act of petition.


Matthew 6:9-13 NIV  “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’


“I don’t pray so that I can change God; I pray so that God can change me.” ~ C.S. Lewis


Exodus 16:12 NIV  At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.


“Our lives are not self-generated or self-sustaining. Life relies on what we receive from the Giver and can only be stewarded as a gift.” ~ Craig R. Koester.

“A transcendent God can and does work in the world.” Stanley Grenz.

Unanswered Prayers:

  • Sometimes, unanswered prayers are a mercy.
  • Sometimes, unanswered prayers are a deferred “yes.”
  • Most unanswered prayers are a mystery.

God has answered our ultimate prayer in the person of Jesus Christ. The prayer that keens from our hearts: “Are we alone? Must we save ourselves?”

John 6:35 NIV  “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry.”


About Christin Taylor: Christin Taylor grew up a missionary kid living overseas. When she was 14, her parents retired from the mission field and moved to Central Indiana, where she went to Indiana Wesleyan University and met her Canadian husband, Dwayne. They immigrated to Ontario in 2015 with their two kids, Noelle and Nathan, and have lived here happily ever after. She has her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature and runs the Writing Centre at Laurier University. She and Dwayne have been at Westheights for the past year and are grateful for this community.

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