How do we pray “In this manner…for daily bread”?
The third phrase in Jesus’ model prayer is:
“…Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11
In the ancient world, acquiring bread for the day was more than an easy trip to the store. The work and uncertainty of the times made it difficult. However, even when bread is plentiful, (like the Hebrews in the desert who were accustomed to daily manna), there is a key principle to be remembered: gratefulness. It’s an acknowledgement of dependence on God.
The Hebrews were excited and thankful for the manna to begin with, but quickly slipped into an ungrateful attitude and desired more. God’s hand may not deliver the exact menu hoped for, but the same hand also mends the broken heart, blocks the enemy’s punches, guides through dark times, and strengthens when weakness comes. It’s a steady hand and one to be reached for daily.
Do you consider today a provision of the Lord? Are you looking to Him for what you need or more for what you want? “Give us this day our daily bread…”