“Give us this day our daily bread”

Quiet Time Coaching: Episode 241

Part 5 of the series on the Lord’s Prayer

  • First half of prayer all about God and his priorities
  • Second half about us and our needs
  1. Give
  • What are we praying for, when we pray asking for our daily bread?
  • Looking to God for provision without anxiety
    • ““Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25 NIV11)
  • Trust that he wants and delights to give
  • Ask with relaxed posture, not anxious demand

2. Us Our

  • Not only my bread. Concern for needs of others.
  • Social dimension
    • Praying for friends; family; local congregation; anyone we are connected to with known needs

3. Daily

  • espousios: today, tomorrow, coming day, the day at hand.
  • Praying for what I need today. No fears about tomorrow, Matthew 6.33-34.
  • Just today – manna in the wilderness.
  • Necessary for survival – need, not want. Contentment.

4. Bread

  • Making a point about necessities rather than luxuries?
  • Contentment.
  • “Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonour the name of my God.” (Proverbs 30:8–9 NIV11)
  • The prayer is for our needs, not our greeds
  • God’s Word in view here too:

When Jesus taught us to pray for ‘our daily bread’, he was referring to physical provision, but also to the daily spiritual nourishment of God’s word. For example, when Jesus was fasting in the wilderness and the devil tempted him to make bread (the physical variety), Jesus replied by quoting the book of Deuteronomy and pointing to another kind of bread and another kind of hunger (the spiritual variety): ‘It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

Greig, Pete. How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People (pp. 136-137). John Murray Press. Kindle Edition.

Conclusion

  • Don’t forget everything you have is from God.
    • “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 NIV11
  • He owes us nothing. Apparent security in our society tends to engender entitlement and/or ingratitude, there must be countered by active recognition of dependence on God’s generosity.
  • Questions for discussion:
    • What stands out to you from this verse?
    • How might your prayer life grow because of what this verse teaches you about God, yourself and prayer?

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

PS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John