Our Daily Bread:
Becoming God’s Answer to Our Prayers
Just as Jesus taught His disciples to depend on God and ask Him for their daily bread, pastors need to teach their people that God is their provider for all things pertaining to their daily existence.
By Tom Lofton
“Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11, NKJV).1
Bread. The word alone has the power to flood our senses with memories of appetizing smells, delightful tastes, special locations, and unique moments with family and friends.
When I think of bread, I think of my wife’s delicious homemade Italian variety, my mother’s mouth-watering buttermilk biscuits, and the matchless taste of a fresh Czech loaf of “chleb” from a European bakery in Prague — where I served as a missionary. But bread also can make methink of the millions of children who go hungry each day without even a fallen breadcrumb from the world’s table.
In Matthew 6:11, Jesus instructs us to petition the Father for the daily provision of bread, the sustenance of life: “Give us today our daily bread.”
Like a good slice of multigrain bread, there are several essentials baked into this sincere plea to the Father. A brief survey of this segment of the Lord’s Prayer reveals several keys points: the intimacy, dependency, sufficiency, community, and vitality our Heavenly Father desires for His children.
Jesus taught His disciples to depend on God and ask Him for their daily bread. Pastors, likewise, should use the following article as sermon material to teach their people that God is their provider for all things pertaining to their daily existence.
Read the rest of this article by obtaining a downloadable PDF of the Spring 2011 issue of Enrichment journal.