Pray Like This…. 
“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. ‘Give us this day our daily bread. ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]’ Matthew 6:9-13
This is possibly the most well known pray in the world. People have said this single prayer, possibly every day since Jesus instructed them in it 2000 years ago. But instead of simply memorizing and repeat it, what if we were to cut it apart into its simple statements and examine them?
There are 9 distinct thoughts expressed here:
6. Daily Bread
Now obviously it would be a very long post if we looked at each one of these, so instead I want to divide it into sections. Last time we discussed, “On Earth as it is in Heaven” Let’s continue on.
This is possibly my favourite part of this simple prayer. Because it seems so different. Finally we shift from God, and all about God to ourselves, but even in our prayer for ourselves, we learn another great lesson in Humility. We learn to lean into God as our provider.
It was in Genesis 22 that we first hear God called the provider. Oh Jehovah Jireh (which is actually pronounced Yah-howah Year-eh) Let me sum up the events that led to the realization of Jehovah Jireh. Basically, Abraham had been given instructions to take His son Isaac, who was a young man probably in his mid twenties, and sacrifice him on an altar. This is some hard Stuff, but Abraham and Isaac went up the mountain to the altar, and were prepared to go through with it. I go into much more depth on this topic in two of my other articles, (Where is the Sacrifice and An Old Post From an Older Blog) But The Lord stops Abraham right before He is about to do it. Then God gives them A ram to make the sacrifice.
However, the wording here is also fantastic. “Give us this day our daily bread.” Now think about this, Jesus doesn’t ask for enough money to fill his budget for a year, or to buy a new house, or anything fancy. He asks for “Daily Bread.” This may be one of the best lessons that Jesus teaches us. See many of us have a long wish list that we give God on a regular basis and we expect to see fulfilled, and it is an excellent thing to have the faith to believe for Big things, but Jesus prayed for “Daily Bread”
This is partially a reference to the Israelites as they wandered through the desert on their way to the promised land. Let me explain. While there were in the desert, God provided bread from heaven, which was called Mana. This mana is found in Exodus 16. Let’s go to that scripture:
“This is what the LORD has commanded, ‘Gather of it every man as much as he should eat; you shall take an omer apiece according to the number of persons each of you has in his tent.'” Exodus 16:16
I think the reasoning behind Daily bread is that it reminds us that we constantly in need of the Lord to provide for ourselves. Remember that Jesus Himself once said that it is easier for a camel to fit through a needle’s eye than it is for a rich man to enter Heaven.
When we are in a place where Christ is our everything, we learn in to Him and we encounter Him more and more. We see the fullness of all that He is. Why? Because when we can’t do for ourselves, we recognize our need for Him, but we as humans are predisposed to being self focused and thus when we do not see a daily need for the Lord, we find ourselves with less and less of a need for Him at all. Now this is obviously a fallacy, because the Bible tells us that “Every good and perfect gift is from the Father of Lights.” James 1:17
“Daily Bread” is more than just food for our body, but it is a reminder to our soul of our total dependence on Him. Without Him we have nothing, and to think that anything we have came from ourselves, is foolishness. We begin to see God in every area of our life. We see Him at our table when we eat. We see Him in our workplace, and at our schools. (Even if others Don’t want Him there) We see His hand of providence guiding us supernaturally, and we can rejoice all the more as we recognize our advocate and all that He has provided for us.
So when you pray, Pray like this. Pray from a place of total dependence on Christ. Asking your father daily to provide for you. Ask Him every day to supply, and give you what you need. Put yourself up on the altar before Him, and watch His hand of Provision shake everything.
Well, we are now two thirds of the way through our series on Prayer, keep watching for the last three points. As always, comments, questions, and concerns are welcome. (just play nice)