4. Give us this day our daily bread – July 23

Day 1 – Think.

This is the first request or petition of the Lord’s prayer..

The previous phrases help shift our focus and put the emphasis on God – Our Father, His Name, His kingdom and His will. Our worries and needs are quickly put in perspective first.

 

Our Father gives good gifts.  All blessings ultimately come from God.  Your life, your health, your career, your intelligence, your strength, your personality, your family, your friendships, your possessions, your accomplishments, your wealth are all gifts.  Everything you have is on loan from God.

 

14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us! 15 We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace. 1 Chronicles 29:14&15

 

What does ‘Daily bread living’ look like?

Consider:

1 Gratitude to God for all of his blessings.

2 Contentment with what God has already given you.

3 Confidence that God will meet your needs day by day.

4 Generosity towards those who are less fortunate than you.

 

Gratitude turns what we have into enough. God gives us what we truly need when we need it.  Are you grateful to God today?  Are you grateful for living in/around Invercargill?

Jesus prayed for bread suggesting that material needs do not fall outside the realm of prayer.

Bread is seen as a basic need met but it will usually not satisfy our greed.  Are you content with what God has already given you?

What are your present needs?  Are you confident that God will meet your needs?

Have you put your needs in the perspective the previous statements of the Lord’s prayer?

Are you open to opportunities to be generous this week?

 

The Lord’s prayer so far

Access.  Approaching God as Father.

Praise. Giving God the praise he deserves.

Submission.  Inviting God’s kingdom of righteousness.

Petition. A request for God to provide in the present.

bread-of-life

Day 2 – Meditate

Pray throughout today – ‘Give us this day our daily bread’

What does God reveal to you through this prayer?

What other prayers or thoughts flow from this prayer?

Day 3 – Scriptural Context

Psalm 145

A psalm of praise of David.

1 I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever.

2 I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever.

3 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!  No one can measure his greatness.

4 Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.

5 I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles.

6 Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim your greatness.

7 Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness.

8 The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

9 The Lord is good to everyone.  He showers compassion on all his creation.

10 All of your works will thank you, Lord, and your faithful followers will praise you.

11 They will speak of the glory of your kingdom; they will give examples of your power.

12 They will tell about your mighty deeds and about the majesty and glory of your reign.

13 For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.  You rule throughout all generations.

The Lord always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does.[b]

14 The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads.

15 The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it.

16 When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous in everything he does; he is filled with kindness.

18 The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.

19 He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them.

20 The Lord protects all those who love him, but he destroys the wicked.

21 I will praise the Lord, and may everyone on earth bless his holy name forever and ever.

 

Day 4 – Sermon on the mount

The Lord’s Prayer is set within the context of the Sermon on the Mount.   How does this section of the sermon add to our understanding of this week’s part of the Lord’s prayer?

 

Matthew 7:7-11

Effective Prayer

7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.

Matthew 6:19-34

Teaching about Money and Possessions

19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Luke 11:5-13

Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, 6 ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ 7 And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ 8 But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.

9 “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

11 “You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? 12 Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! 13 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

Day 5 – Application

‘This day’ suggests living in the now is important.

‘When you are worried about the future, it is hard to find God.  When you live in the now he is right there with you’.  Ed Dobson

Submit this next day and it’s ‘to do’ list to God.

It is also not dwelling on the past.  Dwelling on the past robs you of living fully in ‘this day’.

 

10 When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.  Deuteronomy 8:10

 

What do you think ‘Daily bread living’ looks like?  In times of enough?  In times of not enough? And in times of plenty?

 

7 O God, I beg two favors from you;

    let me have them before I die.

8 First, help me never to tell a lie.

    Second, give me neither poverty nor riches!

    Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.

9 For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?”

    And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.  Proverbs 30:7-9

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