“Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11 ESV)…

Here Jesus continues His teaching on prayer, showing us how to pray, and not merely telling us what to pray. And the whole goal of what He’s laying out here is that we would pray in such a way that God would make us love Jesus and live for Jesus above all else. And now we see that praying in this way is something we need to do daily. Here He addresses our daily bread, but asking for our daily bread implies that we are praying these things at least daily.

By daily bread Jesus means the basic things we need to live and function in the world, such as food. But the whole of this prayer reminds us that we don’t live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. And that’s the idea here: that we’re asking God to provide for our basic needs so that we can devote more time to loving Him, desiring Him, delighting in Him, praising Him, enjoying Him, and glorifying Him in everything we do with everything we are.

By depending on the Lord in prayer for even our most basic needs we are glorifying God, we are honoring Him, we are hallowing His name with our lives by displaying with our lives that He is God and we are not; we are dependent on Him for life, and breath, and everything… even our daily bread. We are submitting ourselves to His Lordship.

And this displays our even greater need for the Lord to provide for us spiritually. We are in desperate need for God to provide for us a righteousness that we cannot provide for ourselves; we are in need of salvation. That’s why Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3 ESV). An accurate translation of this passage is, “Blessed are the spiritual beggars, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” We’re blessed, and the kingdom of heaven is ours, because we are solely dependent on the Lord for our salvation. We’re trusting in Christ alone; and therefore He gets the glory alone. That’s true at the moment of salvation, and it’s true every day of our lives; so continue to ask the Lord to provide, so that you might truly glorify Him.

I am nothing; Christ is all!

Pastor Nick