When reading the Lords Prayer listed in Matthew 6:9-13, it is easy to think verse 11 is only referring eating food. “Give us this day our daily bread.” Recently, while thinking of this, I thought, why would it be necessary to ask God for something that most of us already have in abundance? Then Jesus showed me, bread is a life sustaining substance, so when He said, “Our daily bread,” He was asking God to supply anything that was needed to sustain His life for that day. So many times, I am guilty of thinking of only the physical aspect of needing food, forgetting about the emotional and spiritual parts of our body. This sustaining bread might actually be food, or it could be other things to preserve your life, for example a word from God or a miraculous saving from an accident.
Notice, Jesus said to pray for this each day. Like the Manna in the wilderness, we can only have today’s bread for today, Jesus even saying at the end of this chapter, “Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Each day, it is important for us to ask our Father to give us what we need to sustain our life in its entirety.
Father, thank you for Your life sustaining word. Help us to remember to ask You each day for the life sustaining bread that can come only from You. In Jesus name, amen