The Lord’s Prayer Cont’d
Give us day by day our daily bread…
Perhaps you’re familiar with the passage in Luke 11: 10 – 13 in which Jesus explains the willingness of His heavenly Father to give good gifts to His children.
“For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
And what more (or who more) is so vitally important to us navigating the ups and downs of life than the Holy Spirit. our companion, our guide.
The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives allows us to move in wisdom and open doors of favor to us.
God’s gift to us is not only His presence, but his provision. Again, Jesus says in Matthew 6:8 “your Father knows what you need before you ask him”. He was telling his disciples not to worry about how they would obtain material necessities such as food, shelter and clothing; the basic needs of man.
And though God knows already what we need before we ask (someone may ask then “so why need I ask if he knows?”), I believe that the act of asking forces us to engage God, forces us to lift our eyes to Him, knowing and being confident that our help comes from Him.
…the act of asking forces us to engage God…
Stop asking Him and you find yourself leaning on your own strength, intellect and other devices to provide for you. You start resenting a spouse, an adult-child, a parent, a government official, a pastor, the church for not meeting a need.
Stop asking Him and you by default put your confidence in something or someone else, which can, only at some point in time, fail you.
Bu there is no failure in God…
So ask Him, and rely on Him to supply your daily bread.