It’s good to be with you on The Hiding Place, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to share some of my thoughts with you on this portion of The Lord’s prayer that is so full and deep and rich.
The whole prayer has been gifted to us by The Lord himself and it is striking in both its clarity and simplicity. Yet why would it be anything other than that, when the faith we have been called to “unto Salvation”, is a faith spoken of as childlike (see Matthew 18:3, Mark 10:14, Luke 18:17). These are passages I often go back to and reflect on, particularly as I get older and the pressures and worries of life press in, just as they do for all of us at times. When my words fail me I go to The Lord’s prayer, taking comfort in those words, knowing that he knows my inner most thoughts, fears and worries.
As I have reflected on these words, “Give us this day our daily bread” over the past wee while, I have become more deeply aware of how each day is a gift from the Lord, and, that he gives us all that we need when we look to him each day. He has met both my physical and spiritual needs in such a way that I would not be where I am and who I am today apart from him. And this is his promise to all of us as we walk with him. He has reminded me once again that our relationship with him is central to our very existence. We are here by the grace of God for a time and a season, known to Him alone. The Scriptures remind us that he knows each hair on our heads. Our days are numbered no longer or shorter than he ordains.
Our Father in Heaven is sovereign over all of creation, sovereign over each of us. Giving Him his rightful place at the centre of our daily lives changes everything: through both the good and bad days, through pain and sorrow. He promises to be with us. When it feels that there is so much to pray for in these turbulent and unprecedented days, simply turning to The Lord’s prayer can settle our hearts, replacing anxiety and turmoil with His peace that passes understanding.
When we give the Saviour his rightful place and we wait upon Him, seek His face and his direction, He promises to “give us this day our daily bread”. In praying these God given words, whether corporately or individually, we are acknowledging that He truly is the giver of each day and all that we will ever need in it. This is, I think a central truth for us all whether we be at the start of our faith journey or much further along the path.
I commented earlier that scripture says our faith should be “childlike”. I, like many, was taught to say The Lord’s prayer in both Primary School and Sunday school. My heart still rises as I recall those days and feeling that I was loved by Jesus. The Lords prayer grounds me, takes me back to where I need to be before him. Daddy Dear, Abba Father, Our Father in heaven, who knows us intimately, loves us unconditionally. The one who sent his Son, The Lord Jesus Christ to pay the price in full for my sins our sins and wrong doing, taking it all on his own body on that Cross at Calvary in his once for all, ultimate and amazing act of sacrificial love. He did that for me. He did it for us all, welcoming us back into that place of restored relationship, in his rich grace and mercy towards us. And much more than that we have the sure hope and promise of eternal life in glory with Our Heavenly Father.
When we pray “Give us this day our daily bread” simply at the start of each day, committing that day to our Heavenly Father with a thankful heart, we can be sure that whatever happens He is with us. We can go to Him, The Creator, the giver of our life breath, the one who sustains all things, even in the midst of all that is happening in the world right now, with confidence. He is Sovereign. He is in control. In our “childlike” faith and trust, He will:
“Give us this day our daily bread”