Our Daily Bread

I’ve been thinking about the Lord’s Prayer a lot lately. It’s been a running audio track in my head that’s been begging for more in-depth study.

I see the Lord’s Prayer, not as an example of what we should do with our lips — not just to memorize and recite — but as a measuring stick by which we can ask ourselves, “Do I live in a way that my attitude towards life matches Christ’s attitude?”

One line jumps out this morning: Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11)

The wisdom of asking God for our daily bread didn’t start with Jesus’ example to the disciples of how to pray — all the way back in Proverbs, we can find this mention of our daily bread.

Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. Proverbs 30:7-9

How often have we yearned for wealth and prosperity, and despised the blessing of daily bread God has already provided for us? I’ll raise my hand to that – I’m instantly guilty, every day.

I love this question from Marty Schoenleber at Trinity Church, because it’s been the question I’ve been repeatedly forced to answer since becoming self-employed, and has made the Lord’s Prayer, or at least one line from it, starkly real in my own life.

In what do you trust? If you can’t trust God with your daily bread, are you really trusting in him for everything else in your life?

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