Give us this day our daily bread. (Vs 11)
Jesus tells us here that we are to ask for our immediate needs, not worrying about future needs or about wants and desires above our needs. When I point this out to people some are quick to bring up the verse in Psalms that says God will give us the desires of our heart. And, yes, it does say that. However you need to read the whole verse. “Seek your happiness in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desire.” If we are seeking our happiness in the Lord then our heart’s desire will line up with His will. If we are looking to do His will and that is our utmost desire, then His granting our desires is giving us what we need to do His will.
A few verses down in this chapter Jesus expands on this beginning with verse 25. We are told not to worry about tomorrow and not to be anxious over things that we need. In verse 33 He says to “Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” What things? Food, clothing and shelter. God knows what we need. He created us and who knows better how to care for the creation?
I know, this is easier to say that it is to do. I am struggling with this daily. The Lord has not given me wealth, but I’m not going hungry either. I have been homeless but I have always had a roof over my head even it was a car or a tent. I do not wear Armani suits but I have warm clothing and coats. Would I like to drive an expensive luxury car? Sure I would. But I have a twenty year old Toyota that gets me to church and back with no problem. And it’s comfortable! The radio, heater and air conditioner works and it doesn’t leak. It is what I need. I am learning to be satisfied with His provision.
The Apostle Paul talked about this as well. In Philippians he says, “I know how to live in poverty or prosperity. No matter what the situation, I’ve learned the secret of how to live when I’m full or when I’m hungry, when I have too much or when I have too little.” (Philippians 4:12 GW) what is this secret that Paul has learned? The secret is to ask God for our daily bread and to have the faith that He will provide for us as the Good Father He is.
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