Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
This month I want to consider a request which is included in the model prayer our Lord gave to His disciples as found in Matthew 6:11, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
I have heard some say that we should not pray for material needs, but this verse confirms to us that our God is concerned about our physical and material needs as well as our spiritual needs. In fact, we read in Matthew 6:32 that “your Heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things,” referring to the things we need for our earthly lives—things that every human being has need of. The apostle Paul explains that our “God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
So while the spiritual needs we have are more important than our physical and material needs, our loving Heavenly Father not only knows what we have need of, but will abundantly supply all our needs in answer to prayer; and many blessings we have each day we must be careful not to take for granted. The sanctified life in Christ Jesus will enable us to have a thankful heart for all good and daily gifts that come down to us from above. The fullness of the Spirit in our lives will keep us from being anxious (Matthew 6:19-34) about our needs for the physical and material things of life, and He will guide us in a life not only of appreciation for the many daily blessings we have, but also of becoming good and faithful stewards of that which our Heavenly bestows upon us.
It is important that we maintain a proper perspective about the physical and material aspects of life, and keep the things of the Kingdom and God first in our lives: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). Similar reminders appear in Matthew 6: “You cannot serve both God and mammon” (verse 24); and “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (verse 21).
This “give us this day our daily bread” request also reminds us how important it is not to forget and leave out our expression of thankfulness each time we partake of the blessings of food which our Heavenly Father supplies abundantly, especially in our culture in America.
Your prayer partner,
P.S.: Our IHA board meeting will be on Saturday, March 22, Lord willing. Please be in prayer for the board members and officers as we pray, plan, and prepare for our June 2014 camp meeting — only 13 weeks away (as of today's posting)!