“When hunger becomes anger,
people will fight.”
Christianity Today, November 2008, p. 29
“Give us today our daily bread....” — Matthew 6:11
“Give us each day our daily bread....” — Luke 11:3
- We ask for bread; not dainties..., that which is wholesome.
- We ask for our bread; that teaches us honesty and industry;
- We ask for our daily bread; which teaches us not to take thought for the morrow (v. 34) but constantly to depend upon divine providence.
- We pray, “Give it to us,” teaching that the greatest of us is dependent on God's mercy for our sustenance and the means by which we make our livings.
- We pray, “Give it to US” not to me only, but to others in common with me. This teaches charity and concern for the poor.
- We pray it for “this day,” which teaches us to renew our souls and our bodies regularly. “We could as well go a day without food, as without prayer.”
I cannot help but wonder what it would be like to have to pray this request while struggling to believe it might be answered. And yet that is the challenge most of the world faces each day!
- What should WE be doing to live out our commitment to the fulfillment of this petition?
- How might we be part of the answer for others? And,
- Can we pray this without being willing to participate in its fulfillment for others? If not, then what form should our action take?