Why Do We Ask God For Daily Bread?

Why Do We Ask God for Daily Bread? 
Daily Devotion by Pastor Alexander Redd
October 23, 2023

Matthew 6:11-12 are part of the Lord's Prayer, as taught by Jesus in the New Testament. These verses read:
"11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors."

In a practical, daily life context, these verses can have a few implications:

1. Dependence on God for daily needs: "Give us this day our daily bread" can be understood as a metaphor for relying on God for our daily needs. This could be physical sustenance, but it could also extend to emotional, spiritual, or intellectual needs. This dependence is not only about asking God for help but also recognizing that all good things come from Him. It's about maintaining an attitude of gratitude and acknowledgment of God's provision in our lives.

2. Forgiveness: "And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors" is a call for mercy for our own mistakes, as well as a commitment to forgiving others who have wronged us. In daily practice, this could mean being quick to apologize when we've done wrong, readily forgiving others when they apologize to us, and even offering forgiveness when no apology is given. It's a commitment to not hold grudges and to strive for reconciliation.

3. A daily practice: The fact that these requests are in the context of a daily prayer suggests that these practices should be a regular part of a believer's life. It's not a one-time event to ask for provision or offer forgiveness, but a daily, ongoing practice.

In essence, these verses could be interpreted as encouraging believers to live a life of daily trust in God for provision, a practice of forgiveness, and ongoing recognition of God's role in our lives. It puts forward a model of a life lived in consistent interaction with God and others in a spirit of humility and love.

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