Over the last year I have focused much of my prayer life around the Lord’s prayer. An exercise I would encourage. There is a lot to learn from this simple prayer. The prayer can be found here.
The prayer contains a very simple statement about daily provision, “Give us today our daily bread.” This short simple request is all Jesus puts into the prayer for our physical needs.
It is not a request for riches, fine cloths, a nice home or any other grand dream. Merely, the food I need for today.
This stands in stark contrast to the material things for which I pray. All the things I worry about and my concerns for future security.
I am very guilty of James’s warning,
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:3
Can I be content with just my daily bread? What do I deserve?
If I am being honest, I deserve nothing from God. I am not good enough, worthy enough, or righteous enough. No piety, sacrifice or payment will never get me into a position of having something due me.
I hope I can have the attitude of Paul and learn the same lesson he was being taught from God. “My grace is sufficient for you.” (1 Corinthians 12:7-10)
If all I have is my daily bread with the grace that comes from God, will I be content?
Pray like this:
Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need,
and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.
New Living Translation (NLT)Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.
The Message (MSG)Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]
New American Standard Bible (NASB)Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation