February 21, 2016

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Passage: Matthew 6:11

The fourth petition (the first of the second trio in the Lord's Prayer) is the first that brings our needs before God. Besides acknowledging our dependence on God ("give"), we also confess a love for others in this petition ("give us," not "give me"). But we are also taught by our Savior to pray for tomorrow's bread, looking back to the imagery of the Exodus and the double portion of manna to be collected on the sixth day for the seventh as well. The Sabbath Day looked ahead to the rest that God would give his people in the Promised Land, but that is a foreshadowing of the greater promise of eternal rest in the renewed creation. So this is not simply a petition for our basic needs. It is that, but much more than that as we ask God to give us our daily bread, and our bread for tomorrow.