Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:9-15
The Lord’s Prayer is perhaps one of the most famous prayers in Christian history. It is how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. In it, he includes this phrase, “Give us today our daily bread.” When the disciples heard this they would have immediately thought of God feeding God’s people in the desert (Exodus 16). God gave bread from heaven every day to feed the people. They would have intuitively remembered the people of Israel groaning and complaining and they would have remembered God’s faithfulness to the people. When Jesus says the words “Give us today our daily bread” he is situating His life and ministry firmly within the story of Israel. Scholars like Scot McKnight and N.T. Wright will say something this: that “the story of Jesus is the climax to the story of Israel.” Jesus doesn’t want his disciples to miss the point: The same God who provided for you in the desert is the same God who provides you today through my body. God has provided all that we need in Jesus and God still provides for us today.
What provision do you need from God today. Spend some time reflecting on this and ask Jesus to be with you in it. Say the Lord’s Prayer aloud three times.
Our Father who is in heaven, uphold the holiness of your name.Bring in your kingdom so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven.Give us the bread we need for today. Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you, just as we also forgive those who have wronged us. And don’t lead us into temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. If you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you don’t forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your sins.