Summary: The Lord is concerned even with the most basic needs of man, and we can trust Him to provide.
Matt 6:11 Give Us Our Daily Bread
Finally, we come to the part in the Lord’s Prayer that talks about us –
· The next 3 concerns are all about SELF - Give us... Forgive us... Lead us...
o Provision - “Give us today our daily bread…” - provision takes care of our present.
Pardon – “Forgive our trespasses…” - pardon takes care of our past.
Protection - “Lead us not into temptation…” - protection takes care of our future
· If you start off the prayer with this line, “Give us this day our daily bread!”, it would seem demanding and rude.
· The prayer that Jesus taught us – I believe is the same way that He approaches God – is to be concerned about God’s concerns – His Name, His Kingdom, His will to be done.
· We are FIRST to pray to God, about the things that he most concerned about (his name…). AND – only after that are we ready to pray for others and ourselves…
· By the time we talk about our stomach, the priority would have been set right; we would have thought about His desires and works
God indeed gives daily bread to all men, even to the wicked, without our prayer
· We pray this line ACKNOWLEDGING that even our daily bread is His PROVISION, His GIFT. He is our Master Provider. He is Jehovah-Jireh.
· When Jesus uses the word "bread", he is referring to everything we need for our earthly existence.
· He cares about even our smallest daily needs. The One who clothes you with righteousness (spiritually), clothes you with cloth too. The One who provides food for your soul (His Word), will give food for your body too. Your salvation and your evening meal, comes from the SAME HAND.
Max Lucado describes it this way – God has a great KITCHEN – a BIG kitchen…
· Every one of us needs a kitchen, that’s where my basic needs are met.
· A garage may be optional. A dining hall may be negotiable. A study room is a bonus. But a kitchen? Absolutely essential.
· He is not a spiritual guru who cares only about spiritual stuff – Jesus demonstrated that in His ministry – He cares for those without food, who are sick and lame, the widows...
· Martin Luther wrote in 1529:
“What does daily bread mean? Everything that nourishes our body and meets its needs, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, yard, fields, cattle, money, possessions, a devout spouse, devout children, devout employees, devout and faithful rulers, good government, peace, health, discipline, honor, good fiends, faithful neighbors and other things like these…”
We need to be conscious of how utterly dependent we are on our Father to provide for our daily physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs.
But - "Does God really provide all of this?"
· PEOPLE OF ISRAEL - When Israel was freed from the bondage of Egypt, they were faced with a dilemma.
o How would thousands of people be able to sustain themselves long enough to cross a huge desert? Humanly, it wasn’t possible.
o But what happened? Were they forced to return to slavery in Egypt? No. Exodus 16:4:
"Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions’" (Exodus 16:4).