“Give us each day the food we need.” (Luke 11:3)
Rarely do we pray for our daily provision. For most of us, we have been blessed with more than enough to eat and if something else is needed, all we have to do is run to the store and get it. This super-abundance of provision can be a blessing, yet it can also be a hazard. Consider what we read from scripture.
“When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” (Deuteronomy 6:10-12)
God wanted to bless His people, yet He also knew that with the blessings came also the danger of them forgetting Him. In addition, a super-abundance of blessing could also cause them to become more focused on the enjoyment of their blessings, than on worshipping God as the One who had blessed them. This was not only a problem for Israel several thousand years ago. It is also a problem for many of us today. Living in a land of ‘more than enough’ has caused more than one Christian to become very nonchalant in their walk with God.
When I consider this part of the Lord’s Prayer, I am reminded of two very important truths:
1) First of all, there is the need for us to need God
Without a need for God, we can become very independent and indifferent. Spiritual coldness can creep into our hearts and we can wonder into areas of sin. Though none of us would want to live in a world where we would need to pray daily for our bread, each of us needs to need God.
2) Secondly, God wants us to want Him
Praying daily, ‘Give us each day our daily bread’ is not just a way for us to get more food. It is also a way for us to be reminded that God is our God and to give Him glory. When we pray this prayer we are saying, “You are my God and my Provider and I am completely dependent upon You. I believe that You are good and that You will provide for me everything I need.”
Even if your cupboards are full, pray daily for God’s provision.
God bless you my brethren.