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Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

July 31, 2017 14 Comments

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

The Lord’s Prayer is a fascinating, deeply complex, and surprisingly simple prayer. This series articles pairs a stained glass window from a small church with each petition of the Lord’s Prayer. In each post, we will see how the symbols in the window help us to understand what Jesus says to us when he commands us to pray this chief prayer. Check out the previous posts in this series:

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Look up our selection of Lord’s Prayer jewelry to remind you of this wonderful prayer.

Jesus teaches wisdom through his sermons in addition to sharing the gospel. He tells us about the human condition, and he delineates our relationship with God as receivers of God’s good gifts. One of the most famous passages from the sermon on the mount helps us see just that.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Matthew 6:25-27

The image for this petition is a sheaf of wheat. It points us to the grain that the miller grinds to flour which the baker mixes with water, salt, and yeast to make bread. But daily bread is more than just bread. It is everything that we need to support our body and life.

God does provide those things to us, especially in America. We have an abundance of good things coming to us. Nearly everyone in this country is better off than people were 60 years ago. The average house size in 1950 was 983 square feet, and the average family size was 3.4 people. In 2014, the average house size was 2,678 square feet and family size has dropped to an average of 2.5 people. Our groceries cost less than they have at any time in history. Americans spent only 9.9% of their income on food in 2013 compared to 17.5% in 1950. What’s more amazing is that we have access to food that the J. D. Rockefeller couldn’t have bought if he spent his entire fortune.

God also provides improved circumstances worldwide. Global poverty is disappearing at an amazing rate. The World Bank estimated that 1.9 billion people lived in extreme poverty, less than one dollar per day, in 1990. In 2015, their estimate is 702 million. That’s a 74% decline in 25 years. It’s amazing what God does to provide!

He does it of his own free will, because he loves us. Jesus describes our Father’s provision for everyone, even evil people, “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:44-45). God gives to everyone, regardless of their faith. Some faithful people have more than they need. Some have less. Some unfaithful people have overwhelming wealth, and some have nothing. God decides what he gives and to whom without our input.

We look to God with thanksgiving when he provides. Martin Luther writes about the prayer in his small catechism, “God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our prayers, even to all evil people, but we pray in this petition that God would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.” God’s work is hidden behind worldly things, so we have to see past them to understand what he’s doing. This prayer helps us to turn to God with thanksgiving when he gives us the things we need to support our lives.

God’s gift of daily bread is not just what we need to survive. The church has long seen the sheaf of wheat to represent the heavenly bread that sustains our faith, Jesus Christ himself. Tertullian, a second century church father, wrote about this petition in his work, On Prayer , “For Christ is our Bread; because Christ is Life, and bread is life. I am, says He, the Bread of Life; and, a little above, The Bread is the Word of the living God, who came down from the heavens. Then we find, too, that His body is reckoned in bread: This is my body.”

Jesus, himself, is the true bread that we need from God. He sustains our lives by his resurrection from the dead. Jesus said in John, chapter six, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” This is the ultimate daily bread, because it provides for us even when we die. It is a promise that Jesus will return to raise us back to life.

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14 Responses

Melvin
Melvin

December 11, 2017

Soldier Of The Cross

Maryly
Maryly

September 24, 2017

What a great way to start my day!! Thank you for the words I sometimes struggle with!!

Evelyn. Henry
Evelyn. Henry

September 13, 2017

Next month is pastor appreciaton day and i thought about buying something from your website and we have 4 pastors i was just wondering if you have a special deal or something so i can get something for all 4 of them

Pamela Berkley
Pamela Berkley

September 10, 2017

This reminds us of several things to do as Christians. When we pray, we don’t need it to always be about our needs, we need to pray and give our Lord all the Glory for what He has done for us! Remember that He died a horrific death for us on the Cross so we may have eternal life in Calvary! We also need to remember that we are not a judge about anyone else and this article points that out well because He gives both to the good and to the evil. He always provides for us and as Christians, we need to help the needy and the poor as He commands us to do. Lastly, we must keep our vision on what He wanted us to do in this life, not on ourselves but on our mission, bring others to believe in his son Jesus Christ!! These are the greatest points that I took away from this article and it reminds me of what is important to my Lord for me to do in this world. This is not our home, we are just passing through trying to make it to our final home, Heaven!!!

leslie selfridge
leslie selfridge

September 10, 2017

what a nice way to start the day with God’s written word and visuals to go with it.
thank you!

Pam
Pam

September 10, 2017

When my son had his accident, I would pray for the LORD to keep him safe euuy

Pam Collins
Pam Collins

September 10, 2017

The LORD has saved my son from a near death experience, several times!!! Before my son’s accident, I didn’t pray to GOD like I should have but

Pastor David Lykken
Pastor David Lykken

September 10, 2017

Beautiful Blessing to start my day

Nancee
Nancee

September 10, 2017

Thank you Ryan for remembering me in your prayers. I ask you to continue to pray that I continue to get the fire back in my soul. I have been in the desert far too long. I need more of HIS LIVING WATER. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU AND THE STAFF SAFE AS WE PRAY FOR THE NEEDS OF OTHERS. I know i am not forgotten. I also know I need HIM EVERY HOUR. So I continue to ask for wisdom, passion, and for a renewing of my heart and soul. Stay safe and thank you again for all you do.

Shelia
Shelia

September 10, 2017

It is nice to be able to read your messages. I love studing the Lords word.

Deanna
Deanna

September 10, 2017

Thank you! I know Jesus is a part of my life & I can’t give Him enough praises for what He has done in my life. God bless you!

Patricia Baas
Patricia Baas

September 10, 2017

Without my Bread Of Life, Jesus I would be lost and alone in this cruel world. I am Blessed to have him as my Guide and Protector, Thank You Jesus.

Milena Jovanovic
Milena Jovanovic

August 13, 2017

Amen, it is true Jesus Christ is our savior , God bless you all

PATRICIA
PATRICIA

August 12, 2017

THAT WAS NICE SURE IS A BLESSING TOO GET THIS THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YALL

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