Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

“When Jesus said to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” there is both the physical and the spiritual intent of that prayer. We cannot live without physical food for nourishment and we also cannot live spiritually if we do not have Christ in our lives every day.” (Robert H. Berendt)

In The Lord’s Prayer, the term daily bread therefore, references more that just food. Daily bread is a symbol which refers to the provision of all our daily needs. In the Old Testament, through the gift of morning manna, God provided for the Jews in the wilderness with “bread from heaven” (Ex.16:4) In the New Testament, Jesus is given to us to meet all of our needs as the “bread of Life” (Jn. 6:35). Father God desires to meet all of our needs and has reminded us to ask for such provision through prayer.

“This petition of the Lord’s Prayer, then, teaches us to come to God in a spirit of humble dependence, asking Him to provide what we need and to sustain us from day to day. We are not given license to ask for great riches, but we are encouraged to make our needs known to Him, trusting that He will provide.” (R.C.Sproul)

It is important to note that asking for our provision comes only after submitting to God as King and Lord. “When first the child has yielded himself to the Father in the care for His Name, His Kingdom, and His Will, he has full liberty to ask for his daily bread.” (Andrew Murray)

Let us look to Father God to meet our every need through His abundant provision.

Kina Dutro

Reference links:

With Christ in the School of Prayer (Andrew Murray)

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