Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

Do most Americans understand what that means? Can they grasp the concept of relying completely upon God today for today’s needs? In this modern world of weekly or biweekly paychecks has the average American become reliant on corporations and savings accounts instead of the source of all plenty – our Father in Heaven?

God is our Sustainer. Everything comes from Him, and we are not capable of providing anything of our own strength. Corporations fail, paychecks can end with very little notice, and savings accounts can disappear.

Consider Lot‘s predicament as Sodom was destroyed for its wickedness. He had to leave everything. The Great Depression brought poverty to hundreds of families, and even now corporations eliminate entire departments as they seek to please their stockholders. Only God can be trusted. Asking Him for our food and other needs is a necessary part of our prayer life.

Our daily bread includes much more than our food, although that is a large part of it. Bread is a general term meant to suggest all of our needs such as housing, clothes, and health. God is our Provider, and it is His will that we be well fed and cared for. Psalms 37:23-25 has been a great encouragement to me.

“The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand. I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.”
It is too easy to become worried about our provision and future. We want to come up with solutions and work ourselves out of our own problems. This is not only futile but in disobedience to Christ’s command to not be anxious over tomorrow.

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?´ or `What shall we drink?´ or `What shall we wear?´”
Matthew 6:31

"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Matthew 6:34
God is great and will provide for our needs! Cast your cares on Him!

Jesus said:
I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."
John 6:48-51


Wholesome Works said...

Another very good post, Elizabeth!

In today's "rich" society it is hard not to worry when things seem to be drying up. Even as Christians, we get used to planning ahead, and knowing where our next meal (or other needs) will come from.

All to often, I can slip into trusting myself, and treating God as a last resort, not the first place I turn.


"...ye have not, because ye ask not." ~ James 4:2b

Rachel Marie said...

Great post!

No, I don't think that us as Americans know what it means to ask the Lord for our literal "daily bread."

Very thought-provoking!

Thanks for posting!