Monday, 19 March 2012

Give us today our daily bread

Give us today our daily bread

Matthew 6:11 (NIV)
Give us today our daily bread.

This is very practical.

- give us today our actual bread
- give us today what we need to survive

We can get into a habit of reeling off a shopping list of things that we want from God.

We may get into the habit of praying "I need this now"

Are we praying for what we need rather than what we want.

What do we do if a child asks for sweets just before a meal? The answer will be no because we know the bigger picture.

God knows our bigger picture and we should often remember that.

What about things which are less trivial and we still pray for something serious and it is still not answered.

God sees the bigger picture and although the prayer may not be answered this side of heaven.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. [5] It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. [6] Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. [7] It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. [8] Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

When we pray for big issues in our lives we should also pray that in the situations we are more patient, kind etc.

Give us today our daily bread can also be corporate.

- provide daily bread for others
- giving or helping with a charity
- enough food for all people
- for fair trade and justice 

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