Wednesday: Give us today our daily bread.
Have you ever asked for something and that person – particularly if you were a child and that person was your parent – have said no? Why do you think they said no? It is not because they don’t love you or want what is best for you, in fact, often it is because they want what is best for you, they have chosen to say no to that request.
My children often ask to buy little things from a gift shop when we are on holiday. Joe is probably the worst for this – sorry Joe! He gets his mind on something that he wants and he insists that he needs it: The other day it was a ruler with his name on so on refusing he says that he will spend his pocket money on it. The problem is that by the time he has got the ruler home, he would have forgotten about it and moved onto something else that he really really wants.
God wants us to ask for things from him but it is important for us to remember the difference between the things we need compared to those things that perhaps we just think we need. In one of Jesus’s famous teaching stories (found in Matt 7),
Jesus says ‘Ask and it shall be given, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be open to you… Which one of you, if his son asks for bread will give him a snake’
Jesus was saying here as a loving Dad, God will give us those things that we really need.
This next line ‘Give us today our daily bread’ is all about asking for what we need. Bread is a basic food in most cultures – its not a four course fancy meal or even a MacDonalds. it is just bread. Yet if you were hungry — i mean really hungry – you would be really pleased to have bread.
Today you might want to think about those things that we need, yet often take for granted and thank God for them.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.