Scripture & Thought
Luke 11:3 –
“Give us day by day our daily bread.”
It seems sort of funny now, but back in the ‘60s the word bread was a term for money. So if someone said, “You got any bread, man?” that’s what they were talking about.
Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us day by day our daily bread” (Luke 11:3 NKJV). Bread was a staple of the first-century diet, so bread in this sense, speaks of everything. It speaks of your finances, a roof over your head and your health. It speaks of everything you need in life.
And notice that Jesus said “daily bread,” not monthly bread or yearly bread. The Lord will sometimes allow things to happen in our lives that remind us we need Him every day.
You might be going through something like that right now. Suddenly you’re facing a financial crisis or you’ve had a health scare. Suddenly, you’re dealing with things this year you’d never imagined. You’re saying, “God, help!”
Sometimes, He allows these things to remind us that He’s the provider. He provides everything we have in life. So, we need to come to Him each day, not just asking for things, but giving Him glory for the things He already has provided.
When is the last time you simply prayed a prayer of thanks? Lord, thank you for this. Thank you for providing. Thank you for my spouse. Thank you for my family.
Jesus gave us this template for prayer to encourage us to pray, and we need to pray about everything. Cry out to God in your sorrow and pain. Call on the Lord for His provision, His protection and His guidance. And give thanks to the Lord for your joys and His provision.
God wants to provide everything you need in life. And He wants you to bring your needs before Him every day.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I give you thanks for all the things you have provided for me, and my family. Even when I didn’t see you working, you were working on my behalf. Even when I didn’t feel you working, you were still working on my behalf. Help us to understand that you care for us far more than we even know, or are aware of. Thank you for the times that you remind us of your provisions for us. Today we give you thanks. Help us to live out our life of thanks! Keep us alert to the times that we can see that you are working on our behalf. May we never take it for granted. With grateful hearts, we give you praise! In Jesus’ strong name, we pray. Amen.