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Our Daily Bread

Matthew 6:11 (KJV)

Give us this day our daily bread.

Many of us have absolutely no concept of what it means to be hungry—I mean really hungry. Maybe some of us have missed a meal during the day, others of us a few meals over several days, but none of us have ever experienced the critical problem of starvation. However, all of us have needs, and this portion of the Lord's prayer is rich in meaning as to His provision.

  1. You and I Are Not as Sufficient as We Think We Are... "Give us this day our daily bread."
    Bread in this text could refer to anything essential to sustain life in a quality fashion.
    1. Everything you possess is directly or indirectly obtained from God.
      Wealth, health, gifts, talents, inheritance, etc. are all of God (Deuteronomy 8:18).
    2. Since God creates all things, He is the owner of all things.
      Paganism is "denying that all things come from God." (Acts 17:24).
    3. All things are sustained by God and can be withdrawn at His command.
      What you have today may be gone tomorrow (Hebrews 1:2-3). Job's song of praise says, "The Lord gives, the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21).
  2. You and I Are Not as Content as We Think We Are"Give us this day our daily bread."
    Jesus does not teach us to pray for the luxuries of life; He teaches us to pray for the essentials.
    1. Why are we to pray for essentials when God's promised to give them? (Matt. 6:8).
      Grace is not a lump-sum deposit, but a continual withdrawal form the infinites supply. The Father enjoys it when His children ask for that which He freely gives.
    2. What prevents us from being content with the bare essentials of life?
      "I have learned in whatever state I am therewith to be content" (Philippians 4:11). "Because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). To the extent your strength comes from Christ and not things, there is contentment.
    3. Will God ever fail to give you the essentials of life?
      No. He cares for His children, and even in death, He wonderfully sustains your life. However, there is no such promise for those who have not received the Son.
  3. You and I Are Not as Patient as We Think We Are"Give us this day our daily bread."
    Some of us are concerned about tomorrow, next month, next year, or the next decade! God calls upon us to pray for "daily" mercy, "daily" grace, and "daily" bread.
    1. God may delay, but He is never late!
      "Master, do you not care that we perish?" was the question of the disciples. You may be in a crisis to drive you to dependence on the Master!
    2. God may give more, but He loves a cheerful giver!
      The philosophy of the world is to get all you can, can all you get, and sit on the can. If God gives us more than daily bread, we should immediately ask, "What Lord?" Has God blessed you with abundance? Thank Him, honor Him, and give to others!

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