Pastor Linda continues the “Can You Hear Me Now?” series, diving into prayer life and growing closer to God. Looking at Matthew 6:11, she looks at God’s promise to give us everything we need, even if we don’t know exactly what that is in our lives.
I love fresh baked bread. How about you? I especially love the smell of it baking in the oven. My mom was a bread baker and one of my fondest childhood memories was waking up to the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven.
When I was traveling in Israel many years ago our group was touring Cana (where Jesus performed his first recorded miracle of turning water into wine for a wedding reception). Across the street from the church commemorating this event was a little bakery where they were baking the wonderful flat bread of Israel, in stone ovens. The smell was out of this world. As a matter of fact, it was hard for us to remain focused on the tour because we couldn’t wait to get finished so we could go get some of that bread (As I’m writing this I’m getting hungry for some fresh baked bread.)
Throughout the Bible, bread is essential for sustaining life. Jesus referred to himself as the “bread of life” in John 6:35 and goes on to say that when we come to him we will never be hungry or thirsty again. So when Jesus gives us this model prayer and asks us to prayer for “our daily bread”, it means so much more than just praying for a loaf of bread.
Jesus is reminding us here that God wants to provide us with everything we need for a healthy and happy life – physically, spiritually and emotionally. “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others” (2 Corinthians 9:8).
“Give Us” is another interesting choice of words for Jesus to use in our instruction. “Give” is a power-packed little word. When we are asking God to “give” something to us, we are acknowledging that God is the source of everything. James 1:17 reminds us “that every good thing we have comes to us from God.”
The fact that God is the source of everything we have, reminds us that we are to care for and use those gifts in a way that pleases Him. In 2 Corinthians, we are reminded when we share freely and give generously that is what is remembered forever. What we do with what God gives us is very important to Him. The next verse in 2 Corinthians “For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.”
God will provide us with everything we need. Jesus reminds us to include those needs in our prayers every day. With that, we need to remember that as He provides it is also our responsibility to use those resources wisely and to be generous with everything he gives us.
As you use the Lord’s prayer as your model this week:
1) Pause and think about who you are talking to (Our Father who is in heaven hallowed be your name….).
2) Before you get to the needs section, you need to surrender your will, not impose it (Your kingdom come Your will be done….)
3) Now ask yourself, “what do I need today and how will I use what God give me to glorify Him?” (Give us this day our daily bread.)
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