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Give Us Today Our Daily Bread

When we ask for our daily bread, what, in addition to literal food, are we asking God for?

Give us today our daily bread.

– Matthew 6:11 (HCSB)

1. We are asking to do the will of God and to finish God’s work.

Jesus called this “food to eat” and “my food.”

In the meantime the disciples kept urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

But He said, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.”

The disciples said to one another, “Could someone have brought him something to eat?”

“My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work,” Jesus told them.

– John 4:31-34 (HCSB)


2. We are asking for our own healing and deliverance.

Jesus referred to these as “the children’s bread.”

See Matthew 15:22-28.

3. We are asking to consume Jesus’ body and receive life from him.

So Jesus said to them, “I assure you: Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life in yourselves.”

– John 6:53 (HCSB)

As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take and eat it; this is My body.”

– Matthew 26:26 (HCSB)

When we ask God for our daily bread, we are asking for gifts from him that bring us life, and that—through us—bring his life to others.

No wonder Jesus taught his followers to pray, “Give us each day our daily bread” (Luke 11:3 HCSB).

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