“Give us each day our daily bread”
God created us to depend on Him daily! Since we are in constant need and each day requires fresh provision, Jesus instructs us to bring our everyday needs to our Father. We glorify our Father when we come with so-called “little things.”
Jesus’ prayer is the only place in Greek literature where the word “daily” appears. It is best translated, ”Our bread of tomorrow, give us today.” Tomorrow reminds us of our eternal future with God. It’s a picture of the bread we will one day share in heaven.
So when Jesus bids us to pray for the bread of tomorrow, He invites us to pray for the bread of eternity today. To pray for bread given freely and without cost. God delights to meet our needs today with His abundance, the ultimate bread being Jesus Himself!
Notice that we doesn’t ask God to sell us our daily bread or to give it in exchange for our service. Rather, He gives gifts to provide for the needs of His people—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The Bread of Life longs to give the riches and resources of His life. When you give yourself to Jesus, He gives Himself to you. We become one with Him in the privilege of sharing in His life.
Through prayer we can stretch out our hands, grasp the glorious bread of eternity, and feast upon it. Knowing that He will meet our needs frees us to give of our riches and resources to God’s work and to one another.
Let’s pray today that God will:
- Increase our supply for giving so we can grow in fruitfulness
- Give us generous hearts that are eager to meet the needs of others.
- Provide jobs for those unemployed or under-employed.
- Help us to grow in faith for the challenges before us.
- Show us how to adorn the Gospel with practical acts of mercy.
- Provide resources so we can continue to reach hundreds through the food pantry & other mercy ministries.