A Closer Look At The Lord's Prayer - DAY 3
Today is Day 3 of the 5 part series that is looking closer at the Lord’s Prayer. Do we simply recite this prayer from memory, as we were taught as children, or do we feel this prayer and pray it from our heart? Does this prayer still even relate to us today in 2020? What does this prayer truly mean?
Today, we will discuss Matthew 6:11 “...give us today our daily bread.”
Early in my faith, and for many years in fact, I believed this was our way of asking God to literally give us food in our belly for the day. Nothing is wrong with asking God to supply our basic needs in life, which does include food. We know from the many miracles that Jesus performed, that he felt compassion for people. (Matthew 14:13-21) He fed the hungry and healed the sick. He cared deeply for human needs and suffering. So, in extension, we know God cares for our personal, physical needs.
But might we look at this scripture a bit deeper? In John 6:35 Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” Again in verse 48 he specifically states, “I am the bread of life.” What does he mean by that? We know that at the last supper “...Jesus took the bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.”’ Why would he refer to himself as bread again and then tell them to eat it?
The short answer? When I think of bread, I think of a basic nutritional staple. Anytime there is an impending disaster, the bread aisle is one of the first to be emptied. So clearly, I am not alone in this belief. In the Old Testament, the manna that was rained down from heaven was referred to as “bread.” (Exodus 16:4) This was life sustaining to the Israelites as they wandered the desert. We know that the Old Testament and New Testament tie into each other, so this is an important piece of information to consider in this discussion. When Jesus refers to himself as “bread,” he is saying that he is a crucial and critical component of life, that he is in fact, life sustaining. This is not referring to just our physical lives on earth, but more importantly, eternal life to come. (John 6:27)
John 3:16 - “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
It is obvious, and we are well aware that we live in a sin soaked world. Jesus took our sin upon himself and died so that we may have a hope for eternal life. When he refers to himself as “the bread and water,” he is saying that in him we can have what is necessary for eternal life. Complete salvation.
But, just as it is our choice to pick up food and water each day for sustenance, it is our choice to take part in the bread of Jesus Christ. He will never force you. He does however, lovingly pursue you. I believe that in this prayer, when we pray for God to “give us today our daily bread,” we are looking to Him to provide the goodness of Jesus in our day. Truth. Direction. Wisdom. Hope. Courage. Love. Forgiveness. Peace. Kindness. Joy. Faith. Provision. And even miracles! This does not mean we will not have trouble. (John 16:33) This does mean that when we are experiencing hard times or trouble and pray this prayer, we are asking God to provide and we are accepting His provision, whatever that may look like! In the grand scheme of things, if we take part in the bread of life that is Jesus, we are securing our eternal salvation which cannot be interfered with, tampered with or stolen from the enemy. Our salvation rests in the hands of God! (Revelation 7:10)
1 John 5:13 - “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 2:25 - “And this is what he promised us - eternal life.”
So today, let us declare and petition the Lord from the depths of our hearts “Give us today our daily bread,” and let us be filled and satisfied and secure our place in eternity!
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