“Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11
“Give us this day our daily bread.”
To pray this prayer for “our daily bread,” expresses our conviction and belief that God is able to answer our prayer and to meet our needs. It is not that we are praying to overcome God’s unwill- ingness or overcome his reluctance, seeking to bend His will to ours, but it is rather the taking hold of God’s willingness to give.
God desires daily dependence on Himself. When God provided manna in the wilderness for the Israelites, they were commanded to gather only enough food for each day. God wanted them to realize that they must trust Him to provide for their needs every day.
Alan Redpath wrote in his book, ‘Victorious Praying’,”In the spiritual realm it is just as true that yesterday’s strength is absolutely useless to fight today’s battles. Sometimes we as Christians rely on our experiences with God in the past. Of course they were good, but we need a fresh touch of God in our lives every day. God never gives us a reservoir of grace in our lives, but expects to turn to Him every day for the grace sufficient to meet the challenges of that day. “He is not going to give you the grace to do something tremendous tomorrow. He is going to give you grace to be extraordinary in the ordinary circumstances of today.”
To ask God to “give” us suggests our absolute dependence on God for everything. God made us with needs so that we would have to look to Him to supply them.
We often get stressed out with anxiety because we try to face the problems of tomorrow today. Jesus addressed the problem of worry later in the Sermon on the Mount were he said, “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
But He assured us to that our heavenly Father knows that we need all these things, therefore we should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all the things we are looking for shall be added to us. When we worry about tomorrow we are telling the heavenly father that we are not sure that He can provide for tomorrow’s bread.
We must therefore trust Him and acknowledge that He will supply our daily needs.
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