We have been reading in the Matthew in the New Testament in our Church studies. I just so happen to be reading in 3 Nephi 13 in my personal studies. The messages are similar. In Matthew Jesus is speaking to those in Israel, in the Sermon on the Mount. In 3 Nephi, he is speaking to another group in the American continent, after His resurrection. His message is the same. His gospel is the same.
I have been stressed about finances as I run a small company and try to support my family and provide for my employees. Small business owners everywhere I’m sure have felt the same pressure and stress. You’ve got to have enough money for payroll. While payroll seems to drag when you’re an employee, it seems to come lightning fast when you’re an employer. Money is always tight.
Right after my prayer today “over my flocks and fields”, I read this in 3 Nephi 13:
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them, for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him.
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient is the day unto the evil thereof.
Those are comforting words to read today. Stay focused on what is most important. God knows what I am in need of before I even ask.