Give Us Today Our Daily Bread: A Plea Or An Entitlement?

Why do you think you will eat your next meal? Serious question! In our culture most of us plan on eating each day. So the words of the Lord's Prayer about giving us our daily bread seem like a ritual that has little practical value. It is nice to say, but if I forget, I am still going to eat. The truth is that is a presumptuous statement.

Someone might say, "Well that's funny, because I didn't ask God for food, but I ate what I wanted anyway." You see, that is the issue. We want to eat, so therefore, we are entitled to eat. This thought assumes that you and I are in control of the essential details of life. This, too, is a presumptuous statement, dangerously presumptuous.

Christ taught his disciples how to pray. And in the case of the Lord's prayer, he taught them word for word, exactly what they should pray. And by implication he also taught them how often to pray this prayer. Why do I say that?

Jesus said, "Give us today our daily bread."

Jesus is teaching us to ask our Father to give us the food we need each day. The implication is that it is God who provides our food on a daily basis. We get confused because we think getting the food we need is as matter of going to the pantry or fridge. The reality is that we forget or don't acknowledge just how dependent we are on God's care.

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