“Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11).
It is without doubt one of the singularly most renown passages of Scripture – The Lord’s Prayer. At least, that’s what we call it. In reality, it is not the Lord’s prayer at all. It is OUR prayer, given to us by the Lord.
And the importance of this distinction must not be overlooked. For the secret to answered prayer is to ask “according to God’s will.” St John the Beloved said, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).
In other words, God answers EVERY prayer that He hears – but He only hears the prayers that are according to His will!
This brings us back to the prayer that the Lord gave us to pray. Since Jesus told us to pray it, we KNOW WITHOUT A DOUBT that is a according to God's will. Therefore, we also know that when we pray it – what we ask for will happen. And what is it that He tells us to ask for?
“Give us this day our daily bread.”
Do you suppose He is talking about hamburgers here? Or any other natural food for that matter. Well, on the one hand, YES; because our daily needs are always met by the Lord. But there is more to this.
Earlier Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4).
I firmly believe that the Lord wants you and I to ask Him to speak to us every day; and if we will…..then He will! And just as our natural bodies live by the food we eat; so our spirits will nourished and strengthened by the words we hear our Savior speak.