Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

May 11, 2016

Last night, at Church Council, we were asked to define what this simple statement means.

Why ask for daily bread? Why not instead ask for a year’s worth of provisions? When teaching his disciples to pray, Jesus taught them to say “give us this day our daily bread.”

Pastor related a story to us a story about a gentleman who once a year gave a very generous gift to the church rather than tithing every Sunday. It was suggested to him, that he break it up into weekly gifts. Why? Well, to remind him that the Lord gives him his daily bread every single day, not just once a year.

This petition, “give us this day our daily bread” should remind us that we are dependent on God for all things at all times. It is a promise that God has made to provide and care for us. It is a reminder that we should ask all things in faith that God will provide.

But, why should we have faith that God will provide? Well, if God gave up his one and only precious Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins, how can we not have faith that he will provide all things?

Learning to pray in faith, to ask for my daily bread, was life changing for me.

Ego, I suppose, would have us believe that somehow we had a part in providing our own daily bread. Somehow, we were instrumental in making that happen either through hard work or education. But when you step back, and look at the big picture, God has provided everything for you.

When you pray in faith, God not only hears your prayer but he throws open the doors of Heavens warehouse and provides you with so much more of the things you really need in this life.

Thank you God, for your undeserved generosity to me. Thank you for giving me my daily bread. Thank you for loving me so much that you sent your Son to die for my sins that I might spend eternity with you.

Amen.