And he taught them to pray…”Give us this day our daily bread…” (Luke 11)
When was the last time you worried about where your next meal is going to come from?
While there are many people in the world who go to bed hungry every night with little assurance that there will be food waiting on them when (or if) they wake up the next morning, I’m guessing that for most of us who would be reading this blog, worrying about whether or not we will have something to eat for our next meal is not a worry that is very high on our list of daily concerns.
Yet Jesus instructed us to pray every day for our “daily bread”. Why?
Why pray daily for something we already have?
Why pray daily for bread when our cabinets, refrigerators, and that extra freezer out in the garage are full?
One reason is that this is a way of stating that our ultimate trust is in God and not our surplus.
When life is rolling along pretty good, it is easy to forget that we are always just one moment from losing everything.
Like Job, all we have could be taken from us in a matter of days or even moments. At any given moment we could get a call or step into a situation that will change everything.
Yet, even if the worse happens, we still have someone to turn to, someone who has “bread”, someone who cares for us and is willing to meet our daily needs.
Truly, our ultimate security and source is not in what we have stored up in the larder, or the bank, or under the mattress; our ultimate source of security and provision is in our Father God who doesn’t mind us asking for more, even when, for now, we have plenty.
So, worse case scenario, if life hits you with its best shot today and you lose everything, you can still have the assurance that God is more than enough—but don’t assume; just because you have plenty now, ask Him for your daily bread anyway, it reminds you of where your hope and security really rest.
Philippians 4:19 (NLT)
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.