Daily Bread

By Danielle Jorgensen

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

As we have been going through the Lord’s Prayer, I have been dreading this verse.  Funny, isn’t it, that I ended up being asked to write the devotional on this particular verse?  The reason that I was dreading this verse is that I struggle with it.

I worry about writing this that I will say something that does not line up with Scripture.  I worry that I will write something that is boring or so confusing that no one will understand it.  In fact, I have spent my whole week worrying.

And that’s the crux of that matter, isn’t it?  By telling us to pray and ask God for our daily bread – not tomorrow’s, or a month’s worth so we can stock up, – Jesus was effectively telling us that God would provide for us each and every day and we need to trust that.

Elsewhere in Scripture, it says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear.   Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matt. 6: 23-27, NIV).

In fact that Scripture comes in the same chapter at the Lord’s Prayer.  I find it very telling that this admonishment comes in the same chapter as the Lord’s Prayer.

So why is that I, and perhaps we, spend so much time worrying?  Do we not believe that God is big enough to take care of our needs today?  I know we all have different things that are difficult – whether it is in our relationships, at work, at school, etc – but instead of worrying about them, we should give them to God.  He promises us that He will provide, each and every day.

Questions:

Do you trust God to provide for you today?  Stop and think about how many times you are worrying about things.  Instead of trusting God, are you trying to control things that aren’t yours to control?

Do you trust God with your tomorrows?  Scripture tells us “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.   Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  (Matthew 6: 34, NIV).  God give us enough today.  Tomorrow, He will do the same.  We should not worry about tomorrow.

 

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