Matthew 6:11

“Give us this day our daily bread”.

 

          Father, as we come to your Word this morning and, especially this prayer that was given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you that you that we have a Saviour that is concerned with teaching His people how to pray. So that, we can approach you in the right way, with confidence, and that we might experience comfort as we do so. We thank you that we are able to come to you because of the work of Jesus. We ask you to give us wisdom and discernment as we read your Word so that it might not return to you without having accomplished what you sent it out to do. We ask this in the name of Jesus Our Lord, Amen.

 

          We are going to continue on with our look at the Lord’s Prayer as found in Matthew 6: 9-13. Pastor Stanley began these Monday morning devotions on the Lord’s Prayer to encourage us to use this time on Monday mornings to pray wisely for the things that concern UAUT, our, student, staff, missionaries, and campus in general.

 

          We all know that prayer is the greatest privilege we have as believers as we get to communicate with the Creator of all things. We also know that these new privileges bring with them new responsibilities. Therefore, we need to make sure that we are meeting our responsibilities by praying as we should.

          So far according to this model prayer that Jesus has given to us in Matthew 6:9-13, our first priority is to pray for the expansion of God’s holy kingdom. That is why we pray for His name to be ‘hallowed’. Hallowed is an old English word that means, holy, blessed, and respected. We also pray for His kingdom to come, and His will to be done. And then, after focusing our lives on where they should be focused, we are free to request that God supply our needs.

          In this verse we find the first of four personal requests or appeals that believers make as we recite the Lord’s prayer. This one is Give us, and the other three are: Forgive us, Lead us, and Deliver us. Of course, the first thing we should know as we come to and study any part of the Lord’s Prayer is that this is a model of how to pray as I already mentioned. We know this from verse 9 when Jesus said, “This, then, is how you should pray” and not, “This then is what you should pray

 

          So, after focusing our attention where the focus should be, Jesus then tells us to ask God to, “give us this day our daily bread”. This tells us that our requests are to be centered upon our actual needs. As we study this verse, we are reminded that we need to make the distinction between our ‘needs’ and our ‘wants’. These are not the same thing and very often we confuse them, and we call things ‘needs’ that are really not ‘needs’.

         

          Of course, it is not wrong to ask for things that are not true needs. The only condition is that the things we ask for are not sinful. The emphasis that the request in verse 9 makes is on the things that we need to stay alive. In Philippians 4:19 God promises to, “meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus”. So, even though God does not promise to give us everything we want we are to trust His promise to provide everything that we need.

 

          Another thing we should note is that, in this verse we are told to pray for our “daily bread”. This reminds us that we depend on the Lord each and every moment of each and every day for our existence. We have no guarantee of what tomorrow will be like or even if we will see it but what God does promise is that He will support us today.

          This tells us again that we should not assume that our plans or the things we want will be given to us by God. God’s plans may work out in a very different way than we expect them to or even want them to. In the end though we can be confident that His Will is the best and it will always come to pass.

 

          Think About: Jesus, in this verse is appealing to a very common theme amongst humanity. Everyone knows that we need daily nourishment. We need our physical needs met on a daily basis. What we are acknowledging here is that everything that we do receive is from the merciful hand of God. The only thing we deserve is His wrath. With this in mind, then let us lift up our requests for UAUT knowing that God will supply all our needs and that we can ask Him for the things that we want knowing that He hears us.

Let’s continue to pray for the things that we prayed for last Monday:

Pray for His will to be done in our interactions with all parties in the land dispute.

 

Pray for His will to be done with regards to our relationship with the TCU.

 

Pray for His will to be done with our interpersonal relationships.

 

Pray for His will to be done with regards to our financial and construction issues.