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Matt. 6:11, Give us this day our daily bread.
When we see that this is a simple prayer for the needs of the everyday, we understand the following:
1 We understand that God cares for our bodies. Jesus showed us that; he spent so much time healing men's diseases and satisfying their physical hunger.
2 We understand to live one day at a time, and not to worry and be anxious about the distant and the unknown future. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray this petition, He likely remembered the story of the manna in the wilderness (Exo.16:1-21).
The children of Israel were starving in the wilderness. and God sent them the manna. the food from heaven; but there was one condition--they must gather only enough for their immediate needs. If they tried to gather too much, and to store it up, it went bad.
We know that God is not against us making plans, but we need to become more appreciative of the day in which we live. As the Pslamist said, “This is the day the Lord has made, we shall rejoice and be glad in it.”
Jesus said in Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
3. Praying for daily provision puts God His proper place in our lives. We are reminded that it is from God we receive the food which is necessary to support life. No man has ever created a seed which will grow.
4. This pray reminds us of how prayer works. If a man sat back and waited for bread to fall into his hands, he would starve.“You do not have because you do not ask God.” James 4:2
5. Jesus did not teach us to pray: "Give ME my daily bread." He taught us to pray: "Give US our daily bread."
This prayer teaches us never to be selfish in our prayers. This prayer is not only a prayer that we may receive our daily bread; it is also a prayer that we may share our daily bread with others.