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Lord's Prayer

by George Jacob Ph D.

A Basic principle taught by "Give us this day our daily bread," is the principle of moderation. Follow me carefully through this petition as it is a very important point.

The Gospel of Luke says in LUK 11:3, "Give us day by day our daily bread." There is just a little difference in the way the Gospel of Luke presents this petition. Matthew says "Give us this day," where Luke says, "Give us day by day." Luke tells us we need bread daily, day by day, day after day, to be supplied. Why? Bread is the staff of life. It's the basic, most stable food source. We must, day by day, come to the Lord with every need and necessity of our life. He is not speaking of only one element, bread, He is teaching us "After this manner therefore pray ye..."

The Lord chooses an item that we take for granted, and shows us how every one of these needs must be supplied by the Lord day by day.

Our need for daily bread is a picture of our daily necessities of life. This is not a prayer for luxuries, but for food, shelter, and clothing. We are dealing with moderation. This prayer teaches the moderation that the Lord teaches throughout the Word of God. The Lord says, "Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand," PHI 4:5.

There is an illustration of what we should pray for in the prayer of Agur in PRO 30:7-9, "Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die [These two things teach us why we must have a prayer of moderation]: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain." When we ask, "Give us this day our daily bread," we are asking for moderation, not a stalled ox, luxuries, or anything to consume upon our lusts.

This is what we learn from 1TI 6:6-8, "But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content." From this Scripture we are learning Godliness; our heart is not fixed on the things of this earth. The Lord can give us great blessings. He can give us great abundance in many things, but He is teaching us that our heart is not to be fixed on these things. We are not to trust in uncertain riches. When our heart is fixed on loving God with all our heart, and soul, and mind, and we are content with that, it is great gain. We have brought nothing into this world. It is certain we shall carry nothing out, "And having food and raiment let us be therewith content."

This prayer for daily bread is a prayer that not only teaches us our need for bread, but for moderation. Our needs must be supplied on a daily basis; we are not asking for a stockpile to last for years ahead. We are asking for today's needs to be supplied. The Lord wants us to live day by day, eating from His hand. When we experience that, it is the most blessed thing. I am not a stranger to not knowing today how tomorrow's needs will be supplied. We must live by faith believing that tomorrow the Lord will supply again. He supplies for this week when we don't know about next week; He supplies for this month when we don't know about next month. The Lord wants us to be dependent and to live out of His hand in moderation.

The children of Israel gathered manna day by day, and we can read of this tremendous lesson in EXO 16:21, "And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted." They were living in a wilderness without one thing left to eat for tomorrow, but they had enough for today. By faith they had to look to the Lord for their bread the next day because when the sun became hot, it melted and was gone. That is the way it is with you and me. We may stock up much, but those who gathered much have nothing left over. Those who gathered little have no lack. I have marveled at this as we look at today's economy. Those who have much have absolutely nothing left when they are carried to the grave. Those who gathered little have not come short. They are able to eat and have the necessities of life until they are also carried to the grave.

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