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“GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD” | Deeper Study With Annie Tibbs

Updated: Mar 20, 2023

“GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD”


Prayer for food was one of the most common prayers in antiquity. God, who

supplied daily Bread to his people for 40 years in the wilderness can be trusted

for sustenance.

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

Does it not seem strange that in the very center of this great prayer, our Lord

should suddenly switch

the emphasis from something as majestic as the will of God to a subject as

earthy as bread? But really this is just like Him.

Therefore it should not surprise us unduly that Christ should include in this

great prayer a request for food. It is, after all, the very basis of our existence.

The provision of food for the life of man is discussed all through the Word of

God. Initially God gave man all that was needed to support and sustain his life

without working for it. But after the first couple deliberately defied God’s

instructions and willfully refused to cooperate with His will, this entire

arrangement altered. The categorical statement made to Adam after he sinned

was, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the

ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will

return. (Gen. 3:19)

As the carpenter craftsman, working in Joseph’s woodworking shop in

Nazareth, Jesus knew all about this. He later had to support His widowed

mother and young siblings by the strength of His muscles, skill of His hands,

and sweat of His brow. Hacking and chopping, sawing and planing, shaping

and fitting the tough, twisted olive wood and hard, heavy acacia timber that

grew in Galilee was no child’s play. It was back-breaking toil that turned trees

int cattle yokes, plows, tables, and candlesticks, that He could sell for a few

shekels to buy bread.



Why then did He dare to ask now that He be given bread? Was it not God’s

decree that man must earn his bread? Was it not part and parcel of the whole

plan for man on the planet that if a man did not work he should not eat? (see 2

Th 3:8-12) Could anyone feel exempt from this principle? It must have been a

revolutionary concept to Christ’s disciples. A little later on in this same

discourse with them, He elaborates on this concept of working and worrying in

our constant struggle to survive. We must examine it to see what He meant.

The principles are fairly plain and straightforward. Basically He teaches us

that the natural resources of earth are supplied for us by God our Father. They

are more than adequate to meet our basic needs. Just as He provides for the

wild birds and the wild flowers, so He has provided enough for us. In the same

way that birds must search for their food, and that flowers must extend their

leaves to the sun for sunlight, and their roots into the soil for moisture and

nutrients, so we must expend ourselves. God does not drop grubs down the

gullets of young birds or does He give handouts to lazy people who simply sit

in the shade and do nothing.

Also, He would have us understand that all the many resources put at our

disposal are really gifts from God. In (James 1:17) we are told, “Every good

gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of

heavenly lights.” So, be it soil or sunshine, rain or rare elements in the earth,

air or ammonia, plants or animals, whatever is essential for the production of

food has its origin with our heavenly Father. It is He who has bestowed this

bounty upon the earth. It is through His generosity that the supply is sustained,

even in the fact of our extravagance, waste and selfish exploitation of the

planet.



Christ then instructs us in very plain and simple language to stop to stop

worrying and fretting over the provision of bread. He assures us that if, unlike

Adam and Eve who refused to acknowledge the primacy of God’s will, we do

just that, seeking first and foremost to cooperate with our Father’s wishes, our

bread will indeed be supplied.

“SEEK YOU FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD, AND HIS

RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND ALL THESE THINGS ((bread included)) SHALL

BE ADDED UNTO YOU” (MT. 6:33)

Any man or woman prepared to put God’s wishes first in life is bound to have

bread. Only the one who puts God first in his life, who above all else desires to

see God’s will done on earth as it is in heaven, is entitled to ask God to give

them bread.

This is an important point that many miss. Millions of people pray this prayer

who never put God’s will or even complying with His commands. Yet

thoughtlessly and gladly, they will ask God to give them bread.

It is a mark of the generosity of God Father that in spite of all this He still

sends rain on the just and unjust, still supplies sufficient for saint and sinner,

still maintains the plant life of a planet, the majority of whose population

ignores Him.

But those of us who know Him as our Father, who sense His love and concern

for us, come daily, not only asking in humility for our bread but deeply grateful

for the food already supplied.

Perhaps it is natural for us to take our daily food for granted. Especially is this

true in our modern technological age with its affluence and welfare

governments. But for those of us old enough to recall the dreadful hunger of

the depression years, daily bread is still a significant aspect of life for which we

are glad to pray and give thanks. While for those of us who have had to live

abroad where poverty, starvation, famine, begging, and horrible hunger are a

way of life, this petition is full of meaning. For uncounted millions of men and

women, there is no assurance whatever that there will be bread today, much

less bread tomorrow. They may not have had bread yesterday or the day before

that.



So another concept which was clearly in our Lord’s heart and mind was that, as

God’s people, we should pray that all His children everywhere might have

bread today. Of course most of us are so bust with our own lives, we are so

preoccupied with padding our own nests and feeding our own already

overstuffed stomachs that we really do not take time to care much about the

hungry elsewhere.

It will be noted Jesus said, “Give us this day our daily bread.” “He did not say,

“Give me all I can consume on myself.” When He was among us as a man, it

is deeply moving and touching to see His concern for the hungry crowds. And

He did not spare either Himself or His disciples in seeing to it that they were

properly fed.

This “daily bread” on which I feed will bring about subtle yet profound

changes in my personal life-style. After all, it is Christ Himself who, by His

Spirit, is permeating my whole being. Gradually I shall find myself less and

less preoccupied with the sham and front, pretense and pretext of the secular

scene. Pomp and pride and passion that command and demand so much of

mine will no longer hold me in their grip. My foolish pride, my trivial vanity

will be seen for the childish, self-centered characteristics that they are.


It has been said, “You are what you eat.” If we feed our souls and spirits on

God’s bread from heaven, it follows that is what we shall become. This is a

powerful principle. It explains why the Master included this apparently earthy

petition in His noble prayer.

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