What to Pray at the Top of Your Day

This week we are memorizing the first part of the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-11) at Do Not Depart. The prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread” never impacted me so powerfully as it did when I learned the depth of these incredible words from Kay Arthur’s study, “Lord, Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days.” In her study, she uses the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) as her template for teaching on how to pray. It was a fabulous study, but when we got to this phrase, “Give us this day, our daily bread” I had no idea what that had really been saying all along. 

Before I did this study with the ladies at my church, I had always taken this verse at face value, assuming the prayer was simply asking for enough food to last for the day. But it means so much more than that.

Rather than being limited to just food, when Jesus taught the disciples to pray for their daily bread, Jesus was modeling for them and us that when we pray that we would be utterly dependent upon God to provide all that we would need for the day. Since God is all knowing, and our Heavenly Father Who loves to give good gifts to His children, Who better to ask to provide for our daily needs?  

And why daily? Why not weekly or monthly?

First, daily because God desires that we look to Him to supply all that we need daily. Those you love most, don't you want to see them daily? Don't you look forward to when you'll see them again and rejoice when you do get to spend time together? God's no different with us. He knows if He gave us over and beyond what we need, we might not be as diligent to spend time with Him in prayer or in His Word.

Secondly, daily because tomorrow is promised to no one. (James 4:13-15)

Thirdly, daily because Proverbs shows what could happen if God were to give us any less or any more than our daily bread:
Give me neither poverty nor riches—
Feed me with the food allotted to me;
Lest I be full and deny You,

And say, “Who is the Lord?”
Or lest I be poor and steal,
And profane the name of my God. Proverbs 30:8-9
If God gave us less than our daily bread, our need for the day, we’d be poor and may be tempted  to steal. If God gave us more than we needed either daily or by giving us a weekly or monthly supply, we’d be full in both our tummies and our possessions. In that state we may be tempted to credit and trust someone else other than God for such abundant blessings, causing us to deny the Lord and His goodness to us. Neither extreme is good. So God in His goodness gives us this day our daily bread. 

C.H. Spurgeon beautifully observes about this prayer,
“Give us this day our daily bread. 
We pray for providential supplies for ourselves and others — “Give us .”
We ask for our food as a gift — Give us.” We request no more than bread, or food needful for us. Our petition concerns the day, and asks only for a daily supply; bread enough for this day. We ask not for bread which belongs to others, but only for that which is honestly our own, — “our daily bread. ” It is the prayer of a lowly and contented mind, of one who is so sanctified that he waits upon God even about his daily food, and of one who lovingly links others with himself in his sympathy and prayer. “
The prayer “Give us this day our daily bread” spoke powerfully to first-century workers who only got paid one day at a time and a sickness that lasted several days could easily lead to tragedy. Gaebelin F. Editor: The Expositor's Bible Commentary 5-Volume New Testament Zondervan Publishing. 

I love how D.L. Moody explains why we need to daily depend on God for all our needs,
“A man can no more take a supply of grace for the future than he can eat enough today to last him for the next 6 months, nor can he inhale sufficient air into his lungs with one breath to sustain life for a week to come. We are permitted to draw upon God’s store of grace from day to day as we need it!
God never gives His strength in advance, so let’s stop crossing bridges before we come to them. The Heavenly Father will graciously supply our every need—one day at a time! Don’t try to bear tomorrow’s burdens with today’s grace.”

If you'd like to memorize the Lord's Prayer with us, or any other Scripture Memory Classics this summer, we'd love for you to join us! You can do it!

What blesses your heart most about God’s provision for your daily bread? 



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14 comments:

  1. We say The Lord's Prayer each Sunday in church and I love how you have expounded on the concept of daily bread here. So thankful we serve a God who meets our every need.

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    1. Thanks, Jen! That's neat that you say this prayer every Sunday at church. I agree, "So thankful we serve a God who meets our every need." We are so blessed! God bless you immensely!

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  2. Greetings Brooke - I have been your neighbor at the last two blog hops I've joined, so I dropped by for a visit. Beautiful blog, and thank you for your encouragement.

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    1. Thanks! So glad you dropped by! I loved your garden and pond tour pics at your blog. Gorgeous! God bless you immeasurably!

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  3. Amen!

    Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday! Join us next Wednesday too!

    Jenifer

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    1. Thanks, Jenifer! I'll be there! God bless you richly!

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  4. When I think of "daily bread" I remember John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

    So when I pray the Lord's prayer I think of Jesus as my 'daily bread'.
    Great post!
    (Visiting from Winsome Wednesday blog hop, renslilyblog.blogspot.com)

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    1. Thanks, Ren! Great correlation! I love it! Thanks for sharing. God bless you abundantly!

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  5. Mmm..Love this and always enjoy coming to visit your site!! Will return to pin later! Thanks for linking with us this weekend at one Sharendipity Place!

    Sue @thet2women.com

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    1. Thanks, Sue! God bless you abundantly!

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  6. As the children of Israel were commanded to collect manna daily - - every day (except the 7th day) we can pray and believe for our daily needs to be supplied. Thank you for your lovely thoughts shared on your post.

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    1. Well said, Hazel! "As the children of Israel were commanded to collect manna daily - - every day (except the 7th day) we can pray and believe for our daily needs to be supplied." God is so faithful to provide! God bless you completely!

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  7. The model Jesus gave us for prayer is rich, isn't it? I love Kay Aurthur, too...what a wonderful example of Titus 2! Thank you for linking this post up with me. I hope you'll be back today to link up again!

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    1. I agree, Rosilind, the model Jesus gave us for prayer is rich! I will be back for sure! God bless you abundantly!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!