Pray Like Jesus – Daily Bread

Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day 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 evil.

-Matthew 6:9-13 (ESV)


I love bread. But in this passage, Jesus wasn’t talking about literal bread, rather, that wasn’t all that he was talking about. He’s referring to this concept that there’s a certain a daily allotment for each of us. In Matthew 6, after he teaches the disciples how to pray, Jesus goes into an admonition against worry, saying the famous verse “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Have you ever thought about the daily grace the Lord extends to us? There are some days I wake up and am overwhelmed by all he does every day. If you’re reading this, you woke up this morning and were able to breathe and see. The connection between your brain and eyes is working properly, enabling you to understand the words on the page you’re reading. The fact that the earth is spinning at the correct speed, tilted on its axis at the precise angle for human life is incredible! The air has enough oxygen so we can continue living and gravity is at the perfect amount so we aren’t crushed but also aren’t flying around willy-nilly. Those are just a few of the things that we need daily to continue living.

In the Old Testament, when Israel was wandering around in the desert for 40 years God provided for his people manna and quail to eat. He provided just enough for them each day and they weren’t to collect any extra (except in preparation of the sabbath), he provided just enough for everyone for that day. Can we think for a moment about what that shows us about God? He knew exactly how many people were in their company and just how much food each of them needed to eat. He truly is omniscient and omnipresent! When the people of Israel disobeyed his instruction and tried to hoard some of the food, it rotted before their eyes. I’m not going to lie, I would’ve been that person. I would’ve been tempted to keep some extra as a safety net. But God is asking for our trust {tweet this}.

The asking for our daily bread is a wonderful example of our continued dependence on God! It’s an asking for provision for our needs today, knowing that today’s problems are sufficient for today. I struggle with this because I’m always planning for the future and working toward those things I see. I struggle to pray for today’s needs and often forget to pause long enough to thank God for his provision today.

Let’s be intentional to thank God for his daily provision for today’s needs, knowing gratitude is an open door for God’s culture to come into the earth, and displays the holiness of our Heavenly Father to the world!


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