The Lord’s Prayer – Give Us Our Daily Bread

(Jesus said…) “This, then, is how you should pray:

9 “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”  – Mt 6:9-13, NIV

Meditation

After seeing how Israel’s leaders prayed through uncertainty, I choose to pray differently in this season of doubt, ambiguity and insecurity.  How?  I marinate (meditate?) on God’s character in prayer.  In quiet moments, I immerse myself in God’s names and nature. 

As I pray “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread”, I recall that Our Father is Jehovah-Jireh (or Yahweh Yireh): The Lord will provide. (Gen 22:12-14) God tested Abraham on a hillside in Moriah.  Moments before Abraham was about to sacrifice his only son, God provided him with a thicket-snagged ram as a substitute.  Genesis reminds us, “… Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-Jireh: as it is said to this day, ‘In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.’” – Gen 22:14, KJV. 

To us, Abraham’s pronouncement may seem rigid or unfeeling.  However, the name Jehovah-Jireh sends the message that God senses and meets our deepest needs.  He is tuned-in to critical situations. He grasps the nuance of our situation. He senses our shortcomings. He gets it. He sees it. Jehovah-Jireh rescues us at the undoing of our simplest flaw and the precipice of our greatest failure.  The Amplified Bible translation says it well, “…’On the mountain of the Lord it will be seen and provided.’”

Application

Give Us This Day:  As earlier in His sample prayer, Jesus is not suggesting that we’re reminding God about our needs.  Jehovah-Jireh knows our heart and addresses our hardship … before we request help. He is way ahead of us!  He meets the Kingdom needs of its citizens, automatically!  We pray like this, confidently, as a reminder that God is intimately engaged with us in every condition, everyday.  With gratitude, we respond to the One who sees and acts. With confidence, our prayer is our commitment to His purpose and plan.                

Daily bread?  This has nothing to do with Wonder Bread[1].  You may laugh at this suggestion. However, I grew-up in a home where my brother and I mopped-up after each meal. Leftovers were a myth. The joke was that, when he and I finished, cleaning was unnecessary because each dish had been thoroughly licked spotless. As athletes, we lived from meal to meal. Food was not measured by quality; only quantity. Don’t laugh. It’s true!

God, however, is actively engaged in every area of living. Yes, he is concerned about food and drink for meals. However, He masters the minutia. He manages externals like clothing, families, peers, enemies, workload, weather disasters, local leaders and global rulers. He is the architect of pleasure, peace, love and joy. He is the remedy for stress, fear, doubt and shame. What is our job when it comes to daily bread? Entrust … and trust!    

Next Steps

Just 12-verses after this petition, Jesus reminds us to trust God’s provision.  In anxious moments, we should remember, “… Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life?  – Mt 6:25-27, AMP

Today, I will pray:

9 “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 Elohim, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Thank you for your provision in every aspect of life.  You are Jehovah-Jireh; you feel my hurts and supply everything that I need, everyday as I need it.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”  – Mt 6:9-13, NIV


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