The Lord's Prayer: Give us this Day our Daily Bread
Only after a time of praise and ensuring that our heart is fully submitted to God, do we bring requests for our own earthly needs before God in prayer. The placement of this petition "give us this day our daily bread" is not the only challenge of this verse, however.
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The Lord's Prayer, Outline:
Introduction and Greeting (“Our Father, who art in heaven”)
Petitions for God:
- God’s glory - praise and adoration for who He is (“Hallowed be thy name”)
- God’s kingdom (“Thy kingdom come”)
- God’s will (“Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”)
Petitions for Us:
- Our needs (“Give us this day, our daily bread”)
- Our forgiveness (“And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”)
- Our protection (“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”)
Closing and Doxology (“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.”)
The Petition for Our Needs
Here we are with our hearts full of praise and submission. We are ready to make our request.
What a privilege it is that God invites us to ask Him for the things that we need. Let us take Him up on this generous offer and pray for our earthly needs.
When we do, let's remember to ask in faith as James challenges us to do (James 1:6). God is loving and able to care for us. Let's erase any doubt in our mind that God will hear us and provide for our needs.
... this day...
I am reminded of the Israelites who, when they wandered in the wilderness, were given just enough food for one day.
I am reminded of Jesus' words, "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (Matthew 6:34)
Pray for what you need today and watch God provide. Don't worry about tomorrow or next week or your retirement fund... The same God who is taking care of you today will take care of you then.
... our daily bread.
This phrase "our daily bread" has become such a common phrase to us. Yet, let's consider what we are encouraged to ask for:
- The essentials of life: We need food to eat. We are not asking for big-screen TVs or other luxuries. We are asking for the basic necessities. We trust that God will not let us go hungry.
- The "normal" things: Most of us don't have trouble buying a $2 loaf of bread at the local store. Why is that? Because God is providing it for you. Let's not forget to pray for God to continue to provide the things that have become common-place for us. Why? So we never stop being grateful.
May your prayers this week be filled with gratitude and trust as you pour out your needs before the Lord.
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