Going through the Disciples’ prayer is a mixture of familiar ground and new discoveries. It is like taking a trip back to a familiar location so that we can experience fresh reminders of things we have previously enjoyed while anticipating what new treasures we may find.
This particular request of, “Give us this day our daily bread”, was very strong on the “new discoveries” side of things. The mindset of this petition is woven throughout God’s word. Searching the Scriptures to understand what Jesus means leads to the discovery that we cannot simply toss out a prayer for daily provisions. This is about Jesus teaching us how to think about everything in relation to everything.
In the end, this was one of the most profoundly transforming aspects of the Disciples’ prayer, for not only did it remind us that our daily needs are of great concern to our Father in heaven, but also that the mindset of living one day at a time is a much-needed focus in our present world.
The bottom line is that faith does not live in the past where either the good old days or the childhood traumas exert more influence over us than the present activity of the Spirit. Neither does faith live in the future where our present decisions are ruled by things we imagine may happen up ahead.
Instead, our seeking first of the kingdom and righteousness of God gives us a daily focus that will be busy enough concerning ourselves with only today’s needs, while humbly praying about anything regarding the future with a sense that we want nothing except the fullness of our Father’s will both now and forevermore.
With this video, you are invited to join our home church in exploring how to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” in every way that is needed, and to humbly seek to join our heavenly Father in every way he chooses to answer our prayer.
© 2019 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8 ~ email@example.comUnless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)