Key Scripture: Matthew 6:11 “Give us today our daily bread.”
This short verse packs a powerful punch in our daily prayers. First and foremost, it reminds us we are created, dependent beings, in need of Our Father’s help every day. Practically, “daily bread” is referencing the daily physical needs we have that will be met by God. However, the deeper implication here is that God cares about our daily needs as well. He is not a distant Father who merely provides what is needed, with no interest in the one for whom He provides. He is a God who desires to commune with us every day as He provides. He desires what He provides to be used for His glory on a daily basis. We can approach God with confidence, knowing He will provide, then ask Him how to use what He has provided for His glory.
This is not a selfish verse for daily physical and material needs, but a selfless verse, asking God to use all He blesses us with day to day for our good and His glory. Finally, this verse reminds us to focus on what the Lord has for us that day, not that week, month or year. We can pray for and plan for future events; however, we must be rejoicing in the day God has given us, recognizing the blessing of our met needs.
Questions to Consider: Do you spend daily time in prayer, communicating with God, asking Him how to use the blessings He provides that day?Have you considered how God cares especially for your daily needs, not as a distant, uninvolved provider, but as a close, caring Father? Are you sometimes worried about your future, forgetting to focus on the day to day ways in which God meets your needs?
- Read Matt. 6:24–35. We are exhorted not to worry about tomorrow. Note all the ways God reassures us in these verses.
- Thank You Lord, You are the provider of all my needs on a daily basis. You remind me in Your Word: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps 118:24).
- Help me to recognize Your daily blessings, be thankful, and glorify You with my actions.