Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread- Part 1

imgresHere is one of main keys for today from the phrase, “Give us this day our daily bread”:  Jesus is teaching us that God wants us to depend on Him for ALL of our needs. Every single one.

And He wants us to realize that EVERYTHING we have comes from Him. That’s why we start the phrase with “Give us….”

In a land where the premium is on self-sufficiency and individualism, that’s a great place to start.

Let me ask you:

Are you a gifted artist? Then it’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted pianist? It’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted singer? It’s a gift from God.  Are you a gifted teacher? It’s a gift from God.  Are you a gifted bricklayer? It’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted mother? It’s a gift from God.  Are you a gifted preacher? It’s a gift from God. Are youimages gifted salesperson? It’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted cook? It’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted computer geek? It’s a gift from God. Are you gifted accountant? It’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted athlete….runner, jumper, with great hand-eye coordination, agile, strong? It’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted leader? It’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted janitor? It’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted rapper? It’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted hard worker? It’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted nurse? It’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted communicator? It’s a gift from God.  Do you have great persistence? It’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted factory worker? It’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted machinist? It’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted writer? It’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted engineer? It’s a gift from God. Do you do your work for God rather than man? It’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted networker? It’s a gift from God. Are you gifted with kindness, mercy, and gentleness? It’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted carpenter? It’s a gift from God. Are you a gifted fisherman? It’s a gift from God. Are you gifted with faith? It’s a gift from God. Are you gifted with  patience? It’s a gift from God.

Get it? Thank you, Lord!

People all over the place are gifted. Christians or non-Christians. It doesn’t matter. God gave each and every one of us great gifts and talents.  He wants us to use them for HIS kingdom.

We were just down in Florida for Spring break. What a break, I’ll tell ya.  There was imagesa sand sculptor on the beach doing what he does incredibly well. You wouldn’t have believed what he could do with sand.  Great gift.  People on the beach (100s) loved it.  Whether he knows it or not, God gave him his talent as a gift.

When  I recently asked a Christian friend of mine how he can play piano easily “by ear”, and drums with great rhythm, his response was, “ I don’t know, I just do it.” Haha. These gifts God gives to us are meant to serve Him. First, we need to realize they are FROM HIM.

Do you have a deep understanding on how God provides? There are lesson for those of us in a very comfortable culture that we need to learn. A missionary in Haiti was asked about how American Christians differed from Haitian Christians. images“American Christians have everything they need,” she said. “If they don’t pray or read the Bible for weeks, it makes little difference in their daily lives. They still have food to eat, a place to sleep, regular income. They don’t need to practice their faith every day.”  She lived among impoverished people, and it was obvious she had a fuller understanding of this phrase from the Lord’s Prayer  than most believers in the U.S.

In our society, even a child’s allowance can pay for a loaf of bread. What does this request of God mean for those of us who don’t worry much about putting food on the table? What are we missing in these words?

imgresWe need God’s gracious provision for basic survival. God is active in every area of our daily activities-a lesson some of us forget because we don’t have to struggle to survive. Our pains, joys, and physical needs and desires, even the food we eat are important to Him. When we pray for our daily bread, we are bringing God into the center of our lives, asking for temporal blessing in the same way we’d ask for forgiveness. The apostle Paul taught this in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

The Greek word for bread, arton, used in this Lord’s prayer represents that which is essential to sustain life.

It’s not just the STARCH bread that He wants us addicted to. He wants us addicted to Jesus, the TRUE BREAD OF LIFE.

Next week, more on “Give us This Day….”

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About Dr. Robert

I am married to Janet and we have four children. I am active in Grace church in Racine, Wisconsin and serve there in leadership and teaching . I have been an internist for 30 years and keep busy by taking care of a full load of patients. On the side, I like to write, coach, mentor, spend time with my family just hangin' out, and help take care of our three dogs; a Golden and two Berneses'.
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