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'Give us this day our daily bread.' Matthew 6:11
We come now to an often overlooked portion of the Lord's prayer. As we've said before, the first three petitions listed (may Your name be holy, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done) are directed toward God and His honor. Two of the last three petitions relate to spiritual concerns, including forgiveness and protection in the midst of temptation. The request for daily bread is the only mention of our physical needs in the Lord's prayer.
A wealth of truth is hidden in these seven simple words, so let's look at each word separately:
Later in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus directs His disciples not to worry about everyday life, food, drink, or clothing." (Matthew 6:25-34) Our heavenly Father knows what we need. He wants only our acknowledgement that it all comes from Him. As we pray for this day's needs, we abandon our worry and put our faith in the One who loves us with an everlasting, never-failing love.
We must remember we are not praying for daily bread in an attempt to inform God of a need about which He is unaware. In a very real way, we pray to remind ourselves of our inability to provide for our own needs, our utter dependance on the provision of God, and the absolute necessity of communion with our Heavenly Father.
Questions to consider:
1. How have you seen God's provision for your basic needs? For unexpected needs?
2. How often do you ask God for the needs we often take for granted such as daily provisions?
3. If the only food you received today was that for which you specifically asked, how much would you have?
4. What if your provision was dependent upon that for which you thanked God?
Make a conscious effort to ask God for your "daily bread" every day this week. Don't forget to thank Him for what He provides.
(1) "G1325 - didōmi - Strong's Greek Lexicon (NASB)." Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 3 Jun, 2020. https://www.blueletterbible.org//lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G1325&t=NASB
(2) "G1473 - egō - Strong's Greek Lexicon (NASB)." Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 3 Jun, 2020. https://www.blueletterbible.org//lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G1473&t=NASB
(3) "G4594 - sēmeron - Strong's Greek Lexicon (NASB)." Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 3 Jun, 2020. https://www.blueletterbible.org//lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G4594&t=NASB
(4) "G1967 - epiousios - Strong's Greek Lexicon (NASB)." Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 3 Jun, 2020. https://www.blueletterbible.org//lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G1967&t=NASB
(5) "G740 - artos - Strong's Greek Lexicon (NASB)." Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 3 Jun, 2020. https://www.blueletterbible.org//lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G740&t=NASB
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Leanna Lindsey Hollis MD, Director of Intercessory Prayer and Outreach for Global Outreach International, is a prolific writer on topics of discipleship, faith, prayer, and the disciple life. Visit her website at leannahollis.com . She is a founding member and blogs about prayer at praywithconfidence.com
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