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| Hello to another beautiful day that has been given to us by God! Today we will continue with our book, When You Pray, by the author Philip Graham Ryken. Which we will look over chapter 8, Give Us Today Our Daily Bread. |
As per usual, the author begins the chapter by providing us with a verse, coming from Proverbs 30:8: "Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread."
As we have said in the last chapter, from the third petition, the Lord's Prayer makes a transition from heaven to earth. And the fourth petition, which is in this chapter, supports such a view. When we pray to God to give us our daily bread, there are many who interpret it as asking God for the Bread of Life, which it can very much be so. However, while it can be an interpretation to the Bread of Life, it also is talking about the plain, old ordinary bread. This is because, not only does God care for our spiritual life, but he also very much cares about our physical needs.
It is only after we properly address ourselves in the prayer concerning heavenly things, such as the name of God, the will of God, and the Kingdom of God, do we ask for our earthly necessities. Once we have prayed for God's heavenly glory, it is very much right for us to pray for our own earthly good.
In the beginning of said petition, the first word is "give." This is to show us that even the most basic necessities of life are a gift from God. Far too often do we only give thanks to God only when we receive something that seems of much value and we forget to give thanks to God for the daily hot meals we may have set before our tables. However, let us not forget that something as simple as bread is a gift from our heavenly Father. For God is the one who waters the earth and causes the crops to grow. He is the one who gives us life and strength to earn our bread, and then to bake it. And so our daily bread is not to be forgotten. And so we are to remember that in everything we are dependent on God's gracious provision every moment of every day.
The second important word in this petition is the us. As we may have noticed, Jesus has taught us to play in the plural, this means that we do not pray only for ourselves, but for others as well. And so, when we pray for our daily bread, we are praying for all Christians everywhere. And praying for God to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters is part of what it means to believe in the communion of saints.
And we have to know that there are fellow brothers and sisters across the world that are starving. Food for the world is a matter for prayer. Hunger is not an agricultural problem, however, it is a spiritual problem. There is more than enough food in the world to prevent starvation, and yet people still go hungry. The poor lack bread because of greed, corruption, oppression, and warfare. That is why we, as a church, must pray for bread. First we pray for God's kingdom to come and make things right. Then wherever God's kingdom comes our prayers are answered, not only for the kingdom but also for bread. And so when we receive bread from God, not only are we to thank God for the bread, but also be willing to share it with others. If we are to pray this prayer honestly, then we are to also be willing to be a part of the answer.
As for the word today, we are referring to the daily bread. We are asking God to give us bread for the coming day, whether that is today's bread or tomorrow's bread. One of the things we discover when we read the Bible is that God's people often had to live one day at a time. When we look at the days of when God's people were led out of Egypt, they had to live off the manna that rained down from heaven. One unique characteristic of the manna was that it could only be eaten that day. If it was kept overnight, it would spoil and be unable to eat the next day. And the lesson from the manna was that daily the people had to depend on God for their daily bread. By living day-to-day, they learned to trust God constantly for everything.
In God's grace, there are often times when He gives us much more than we need, but sometimes his care for us will be "day of." And so what this petition teaches us is to trust our future into God. As far as we live on this earth, the only thing promised to us is our daily bread. For anything beyond what we need is in his grace, and not a promise given to us.
Which brings us to the last word of the petition: bread. The author brings up an interesting point for this last portion. The more literal translation for the petition, coming from the original Greek language, is: "Our bread for the coming day, give us today." This tells us that the petition is very much so about bread.
And we are to pray for bread. Why bread? Because bread is food at the most basic level. Bread is one of the necessities of life. And when we pray to God for bread, we are not asking for food in an extravagant amount, but rather food that is of a competent portion. That is how the Westminster Shorter Catechism writes on it, "In the fourth petition (which is, Give us this day our daily bread) we pray, That of God's free gift we may receive a competent portion of the good things of this life, and enjoy his blessing with them." We do not ask God for too much or for too little, but for what we need.
In which the Bible uses the term for bread to describe any food we really and truly need in order to live. The problem this arises for many of us, including Christians, is that we come to God with our greeds rather than our needs. Already having everything we need, we pray for what we want instead. In which leads for us to desire things that God has not promised to us.
And so the fourth petition is needed because it brings us back down to earth. As we pray, Jesus is teaching us that all we need is bread and that it is enough. As it is read in 1 Timothy 6:8, "If we have food and clothing, we will be content with that." Even if we have a little food to make it through the day, we still have all we need. And because bread is something we really need, God will give it to us. The reason Jesus taught us this petition was because he knew that God would answer it. He is the God who "gives food to the hungry"(Psalms 146:7), who has promised to "meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). We are not to forget that when we pray said petition, we are praying to our Father in heaven, who loves us in Jesus Christ. The petition for daily bread thus implies a promise, which is the promise that our heavenly Father will provide for whatever his children need.
It would be a mistake on my behalf if I only referred to bread as food. For the promise of God's fatherly provision includes everything that is necessary for the body. It certainly includes clothing, and even shelter. We are to remember that whatever we may really need, it has been on God's mind from eternity, and that he will certainly provide. For when God's children pray for daily bread, God grants them the simple necessities of life.
Up until now, we have mostly spoke on our physical needs with the daily bread. However, as Christians, bread should not be simply the eating bread. Bread is to be the matter of life and death. We must eat to live, but this is to imply that the gift of our daily bread teaches us to depend on God for life itself, physically and spiritually.
Jesus attempted to teach this lesson after he fed the 5,000. They were so impressed that they told Jesus, "Sir, from now on give us this bread." And Jesus answered, "I am the bread." Jesus wasn't saying that he was a loaf of bread, but rather that we need Jesus like bread, for He is the necessity to obtain real life. There is more to life than the daily bread we eat, which is life not only now, but forever. The only person that can give us eternal life is Jesus Christ. And this is what Jesus says himself in John 6:53-55, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink." What Jesus Christ did on the cross was offering his own body and blood for our sins, which is the food for eternal life. And anyone who wants to live forever with God must take Jesus in the way a hungry man takes in his daily bread. Which is why Jesus says, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry."
This concludes chapter 8, Give Us Today Our Daily Bread, in which I hope you have been able to understand the implications of when we pray for God to give us our daily bread and that you understand that for our spiritual need, our bread is Jesus Christ. Thank you!