Verse of the day.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Jesus taught His disciples (and us) how to talk to God as our Father. The above is an excerpt from what is popularly known today as ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ (verse 9-13). But this isn’t even where the lesson begins or ends.
The Many-Sided God
He starts by showing us the manner in which we should pray. He introduces the concept of the Secret Place, explaining why our prayers are not to be a matter of showmanship but rather, where we relate and fellowship with God. Throughout this chapter, Jesus says over and over, “Your Father”, because in this place, we often clearly see this Father side of God in grande display.
Familiar with the Law and stories about the lives of great Patriarchs before them, the disciples had known God to be the Only Wise God (Creator of all that is and was from the beginning), Friend (as in the life of Abraham), the Just Judge and Deliverer (in the lives of the Kings, Judges, and Prophets) and more. But now, Jesus was introducing Him as Father. And it is on this basis we ask…
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Why We Come to Him
You might have wondered why we need to make requests of the All-Knowing God, especially since Jesus tells us that He already knows what we need before we approach Him (Matthew 6:8). You see, we come to understand this better when we look at our relationship with our earthly parents.
Ideally, parents are to provide for the needs of their children (I use the word ‘ideally’ because some might argue that not everyone does this, which is true). These needs fall into different categories. Some are requests, some are gifts, some are rewards, others are entitlements. It is the same with God.
God knows all our needs- even the ones we are not aware of ourselves- but we must still come to Him because this simple act acknowledges Him as our Source. It helps us stay connected to Him because this is the only way we live. Just like a branch must stay connected to a tree trunk or it will wither.
Give us THIS DAY, our DAILY BREAD
Bread, as used in the text doesn’t just mean food. It means everything we need to survive, material and immaterial. On one day, bread might be the strength to stay emotionally and mentally stable. On another day, it could mean financial resources for a project. On another, it might be the wisdom to handle life’s difficult situations.
What I find most profound in this simple request, however, is the word ‘daily’. The use of this word means that God already has a supply planned out for every single day. All we have to do is ask. Knowing this, we come before Him with confidence because of the knowledge that He does not only know what we need, He already has it!
Finally, Matthew 7:7 in the New Living Translation says we are to “Keep asking…” Don’t get tired. Don’t get discouraged. We come before Him every day because we know Him to be our Source. We keep coming because we know Him to be our Sustainer. He always provides. He never fails.
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Father, teach me to see and live with You as my constant source and sustainer.
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