New Hope UMC

5: Give Us Today Our Daily Bread 

July 12, 2019

This week, we discuss what the Lord means by asking for "daily bread". Here are some highlights: 

  •  the Disciples knew that food was a necessity for energy and nutrition and moreover to sustain life. It needed to occur daily. 
  • the prayer implies that God will provide this necessity. God knows that we must have food. 
  • God already knows this need, but Jesus is saying that we should ask for it anyway. This is an important teaching - although God knows our needs and what's in our heart, He expects us to communicate our requests to Him through prayer. 
  • Our mindset should be that we are expressing gratitude knowing that God will provide what we need. 
  • In accepting what the Lord provides, we set our hearts and lives towards a stream of contentment in God. As we draw nearer to God, our hearts become satisfied with what He has provided.
  •  We are able to be content with whatever God provides because it is He, our heavenly Father giving us exactly what we need. He knows our deepest desires, wants, and needs, and God will give and bless as He sees appropriate.

So when we ask God for our daily bread, we are acknowledging that He is the provider of all good things. He will provide for our needs (not our desires), and will never leave us or forsake us. We should have a measure of contentment each time we repeat these special words.