There Are No Coincidences.

Recently I watched a movie entitled “The 33”. It concerned the rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped 700 meters below ground for 69 days. A truly amazing story.

This morning I picked up my daily bible reading, Our Daily Bread, after an absence of 6 days. What was remarkable about this was that the opening few lines concerned… “The 33!”

Coincidence? Or was God trying to connect with me after I sort of let Him slide?

The fictional ( and my favourite! ) LAPD detective Hieronymus ( Harry ) Bosch doesn’t believe in coincidences. “There are no coincidences” he says.

If I am to claim that I have a faith then I suppose that I have to agree with him.

There are no coincidences.

So on to this morning’s reading and commentary. It certainly got my attention and I hope that it is an inspiration to you also.

The reading:

( Jesus said ) “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘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.’ For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” ( Matthew 6:9–15 )

And the commentary:

Our Source of Provision
by Bill Crowder

The Lord is near to all who call on him. Psalm 145:18

In August 2010, the attention of the world was focused on a mine shaft near Copiapó, Chile.

Thirty-three miners huddled in the dark, trapped 2,300 feet ( 700m ) underground. They had no idea if help would ever arrive. After seventeen days of waiting, they heard drilling. Rescuers produced a small hole in the mine shaft ceiling, and that hole was followed by three more, establishing a delivery path for water, food, and medicine.

The miners depended on those conduits to the surface above ground, where rescuers had the provisions they would need to survive. On day sixty-nine, rescuers pulled the last miner to safety.

None of us can survive in this world apart from provisions that are outside of ourselves. God, the Creator of the universe, is the one who provides us with everything we need. Like the drill holes for those miners, prayer connects us to the God of all supply.

Jesus encouraged us to pray, “Give us today our daily bread” ( Matthew 6:11 ). In His day, bread was the basic staple of life and pictured all the daily needs of the people. Jesus was teaching us to pray not only for our physical needs but also for everything we need – comfort, healing, courage, wisdom.

Through prayer we have access to Him at any moment, and He knows what we need before we even ask ( Matthew 6:8 ).

What might you be struggling with today?

“The Lord is near to all who call on him” ( Psalm 145:18 ).

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