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** Our daily bread
** Luke 11:2-3
** “And he said unto them, When you pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us this day our daily bread.”
We so often say the words of the Lord’s prayer, but do we actually mean them? We say, “Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth”; but do we truly mean it? We say, “Give us this day our daily bread”; but do we truly mean it?
1 Timothy 6 says that godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, let us be content with that. But this is where we so often leave these verses. We read them, quote them, but often battle to live them.
In fact the systems of this world are not about daily bread but all about striving to own the bakery or building up enough bread to last a life time. And those with the most bread and bakeries are considered as idols and very successful. People buy their books, watch their stories and videos and go to great lengths in trying to emulate them in order to achieve similar status, position and power. But the Lord’s prayer simply says, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
You see, Jesus is our daily bread and He will provide for us every single day until he takes us to be with him. He will never let us down. He will never leave us nor forsake us. In fact Jesus Himself said, “take no thought for your life, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, With what shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.”
So what is it we are actually striving for on this earth? What is it we are worrying about on this earth? What is it we are seeking on this earth?
May we each be encouraged to wait on the Lord and trust solely in Him today; leaning not on our own understanding but looking only to Him for the provision of our daily bread. Jesus has told us that our Father in heaven cares for us and knows what we need; and that He will supply all our need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
Let us not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let us make our requests known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).
Additional scriptures for reading:
1 Timothy 6:6-10
6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32(For after all these things do the
Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
This ODAAT daily devotion written by Gareth Hosking
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