9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art
in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11Give us
this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as
we forgive our debtors. 13And lead us not into
temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the
kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
by Rev. Roxanne Cardenas, M.Div
The Lord’s prayer is written in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter six, verses nine through thirteen. However, verse eleven is of particular significance to me this week. As a religious leader I would like to be able to write an article filled with evidence that my faith, and the faith of other leaders never fail, however in an effort to be transparent, the truth is that all of us forget from time to time the promise and warning listed in verse eleven which states, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
God never promised to give us everything that we needed for the month in one setting. God never promised to show us every step of the journey or the fullness of everything that we would experience. The truth of the matter is that if we knew everything that would transpire in our lives before it actually happened we would flee from the challenges and focus solely on the rewards. This strategy may feel great to our flesh but it does little to build our character. If we are honest we have to admit that we learned the most about whom God is through enduring hardship by faith and facing struggles head on with the belief that the Lord would make a way somehow.
In The Lord’s Prayer, God promises to provide for us what we need for today. This is a direct reference to the time when the children of Israel were in the wilderness and depending on God for manna to meet their needs. Exodus 16 details that each day the Lord commanded that they only gather enough for that day. If people attempted to store bread for the next day it rotted before they could eat it. God was teaching His people to depend on Him every day for what they needed for that day. Everyday, you and I are challenged to trust God for what we need. While God is able and is working on our future, He demands that we grow in our faith daily. This week, refuse to be discouraged! Walk in faith trusting that the same God that brought you out of captivity to sin is more than able to deliver you from your everyday challenges.
Monday: Hebrews 9
Thursday: Judges 19
Friday: 2 Kings 2
Saturday: 2 Kings 3
Sunday: Head to Church