In the discourse of teaching the disciples the manner in which they should pray, Jesus comes to a point and says that they should say to God the Father, “give us this day our daily bread.” In one respect, breadis a representation of provision. That word provision gives a very powerful image of the relationship God desires to have with us His children.
Merriam Webster defines Provision as:
- The act or process of providing
- The fact or state of being prepared beforehand
- A measure taken beforehand to deal with a need or contingency: preparation.
- A stock of needed materials or supplies; especially: a stock of food.
When we pray to God for “daily bread” we are asking Him for the provisions that only He is able to provide us with. All things are His, according to scripture. When we read from Psalms 23, David speaks of how great of a shepherd that the Lord is. He goes on to tell of His ability to provide through leading His sheep to green pastures, which is a bountifully, lush and plenteous place. At one point, he specifically speaks of how God prepares a place for His own, even in the presence of their enemy.
An interesting point of fact about children of kings throughout history is that as prince or princess, they were often called on to represent the king’s interest as they journeyed to other territories. Often, upon being given the assignment of representation, be it in the office of ambassador, liaison or as one of the highest order in military, the king will issue provision as is needed to fulfill the task; be it food, money, or clothing, or armor and weaponry.
God knows our every need and every situation. He is all knowing and even knows what we will do before we do it. When you go to Psalm 24, David begins by stating that everything is God’s. While there are an infinite number of possible things we can choose to do in a given day, God has already prepared ahead of time for every possible contingency, the thing that we will need in that day. Who we are, what we will face, wherever we may go, whomever we might meet in that day, He has already prepared something for us. We only have need to ask Him to make it available for us to access it.
The bible speaks of the things which have been stored up for us. If they are stored up for us, it means that we need not worry that we don’t have it. We only need to access it. It is already ours and for our use. When you pray, “give us this day our daily bread,” be confident that you have what you ask, because it isn’t something that God has to consider whether or not He can afford to make it available. It was set aside for you before you had need of it. He thought about it before you even knew you had a need for it. God has been considering you and your every need from the moment He thought of you, even before you were formed in your mother’s womb. Give God thanks that He made provision beforehand your every daily provision, spirit, soul and body.
QUESTION: What do you ask for when you pray?
- Give us this day our daily bread (jewelindapalace.wordpress.com)
- Give us this day our daily bread…a truly hard saying of Jesus for most Christians (mudpreacher.org)
- September 30 (newstrength.wordpress.com)
- Unpacking the Lord’s Prayer. (godspace.wordpress.com)