3.18.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 46. The Lord’s Prayer.

Matthew 6:11 says this; “Give us this day our daily bread.”

Don’t miss this first sentence in these notes here. So so crucial….

Only after submitting His prayer to the will of God does Jesus introduce the first request. Some commentators in history have suggested that the “bread” mentioned here is supposed to mean the spiritual food of the Word of God. Most interpreters insist Jesus is, in fact, referring to physical food. Where “bread” is a shorthand, here, would be in reference to a person’s most basic and important needs.

In the modern era, many people—especially in the west—resist eating bread in order to be healthy or lose weight. Focusing too much on wheat, loaves, and such makes it difficult to grasp the dependence expressed by this prayer. This is especially true for those who have never had to wonder if they would be able to feed themselves, or their families on the following day. Many in the world, unfortunately, face that very challenge. Most of Jesus listeners, even if they weren’t desperately poor, knew what it was like to face uncertainty in their basic needs.

Ancient laborers, including many Jewish people, were paid daily in exchange for their efforts. They often earned just enough to cover basic survival for the following day. Being sick or otherwise missing a day’s wages meant genuine danger for them and those dependent on them.

Jesus did not instruct His followers to pray for a one-time permanent solution to their daily needs. He did not tell believers to ask for enough money to forever guarantee they could feed their families for days or weeks or years. The point Jesus makes here is to pray in dependence on the Father; to ask Him to meet the needs of each day. In doing so, He destroyed any idea that believers should be mostly self-reliant, checking in with God only when faced with a critical need. Instead, Jesus showed clearly that every child of God must be God-reliant for every need on every day.

In fact, whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, we are reliant on God for all things at all time. Every good gift we receive comes from Him and not from ourselves (James 1:17). The prayer for our daily bread is the humble expression that we understand that to be true.

This concept of “daily bread” provides important context when Jesus speaks about anxiety later in this chapter (Matthew 6:25–26). Parents often teach children the difference between “needs” and “wants.” It’s good to note the difference between survival and luxury. At the same time, dependence on God means realizing that what we “need” relates directly to His will, and His plans (Matthew 6:10). What we truly “need” is defined according to the purposes God has for us in that moment, as difficult as that can be to accept.

There is just so much here…

I love the first line. Submitting His prayer to the will of God. Then…moving on to the next thing. How often do we take time to actually think on this? To be honest, put in this context, I didn’t realize that this is in essence what Jesus was doing. Submit the prayer to the WILL of God first, then continue along. Our desire and direction should be in line with the will of God, not our own will…..

Let the will of God be done in my life…..our dependence on Him in it all….

May we think on that a little more.

17 Comments

  1. Suzanne on March 18, 2021 at 4:18 am

    Amen

  2. Sherri H on March 18, 2021 at 7:59 am

    to be God-reliant with every need on every day ❤ and when God submits His request to the Will of God first how can we not do the same. Amen! Thank you Jesus for showing us how to pray 😊

  3. Patti S on March 18, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Things that came to my mind:

    ‘God’s mercies are new everyday’

    In the wilderness, God sent ‘daily’ mana to feed the Israelites.

    Why not both, to be spiritually and physically reliant on God everyday.

    Amazing how much light is shined on each word in these passages, as we take them one verse at a time.

    Because of Him

    • Peggy F on March 18, 2021 at 10:58 am

      Amen, Patti I love taking it one verse at at time! So good!

  4. Peggy F on March 18, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Submitting our prayers , first, to the will of God. That just so totally makes sense, doesn’t it ? Even if we make the requests after thanksgiving , praise and worship, our will and our pride, comes into play, even when we don’t realize it. So glad you pointed that out, Dave, this is going to stay with me.
    Bringing us to , ” give us this day, our daily bread.” The prayer is for ” this ” day , today! The ” bread” to me has always meant, our daily physical needs. And this brings us to ” coming before the Lord, daily, first thing , when our eyes and minds first realize, we are back, in the ” conscious” world, having left the ” dream realm”. The ” bread” also to me, reminds me of the Israelite s, after leaving Egypt, God , physically supplied all their needs, food was heavenly manna, raining from heaven. They were to ” collect the manna” first thing in the morning. Also, they could not hoard it, it would rot if they tried to save it for another day. It was literally, their daily sustenance
    ” Give us this day, our daily bread”. This puts me in remembrance of a time, when my children were young, in elementary school, no little babies. It was a time , although we, my husband and I were working, work for my husband was construction, and in Florida at the time was feast or famine. I was working at the hospital, and priorities were usually on bills financially. Tithing was an act of obedience to the word of God and of putting the kingdom of God first ! For me, who paid the bills, tithing came first, then bills, then ” food” , clothing etc. The ” manna” this particular time didn’t stretch past the tithing part , and I so wanted to only trust the Lord, for my daily ” bread”. This would be a very big point of contention for many believers, because for three days, we were without much food. Yes, the contention is I could have ” called someone and borrowed”{ what I needed till pay day, but to me that would not have been trusting God. I will shorten the story, and let you know, God did supply that need, on the third day, God sent someone to help, them telling me , God told me you needed this, Praise God! I am far from ” those lean years” , but praying for ” our daily bread” covers everything, doesn’t it?

    The scripture that goes hand in hand with this for me is , Philippians 4:19 ” And my God will supply all your needs, according to His riches, in glory in Christ Jesus”. That is the word I was standing on , back in the day, and it is the word I stand on today, as it says , ” all my needs”, physical, emotional, financial, all my need. Complete trust in God, “give us this day our daily bread”……. Amen and Amen
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    • Suzanne R on March 20, 2021 at 9:48 am

      Amen !!

  5. Diane J on March 18, 2021 at 11:45 am

    I have a plaque on my wall in my bedroom it says

    GOOD morning Diane..This is God.. I Love You.. Relax.. hand Your problems and concerns to me.. I Don’t Need Your help..Have a Beautiful Day

    • Patti S on March 18, 2021 at 12:28 pm

      Oh my GOSH. I love that!
      Thank you for sharing.

    • Peggy F on March 18, 2021 at 2:02 pm

      Good word Diane ! One we all need to remember, daily. thanks for sharing,

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 19, 2021 at 6:54 pm

      Diane, thanks for sharing that. Love it!

    • Suzanne R on March 20, 2021 at 9:50 am

      I have a similar one. It reads ‘ Good morning, this is GOD, I will be handling all your needs today. I don’t need your help. Have a good day”

  6. Jonathan B on March 18, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    Putting God first in our lives clears a lot of obstacles. He will not fully move them, but he will help us thru each of them. For we need to stumble before we can walk. Lift up others so they may begin to walk a better path with God.

    • Patti S on March 19, 2021 at 7:46 am

      Jon, thank you for your post. I liked what you wrote and how it was written.

  7. Anita W on March 19, 2021 at 1:19 am

    God Bless you Dave and Amen!

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