Let’s put these questions to the test now with a familiar request that is in the Lord’s Prayer: “Give us this day our daily bread.”
First, is God able to give us what we need each day? The obvious answer is a resounding yes! If he could send the Israelites manna from heaven each day for 40 years while they wandered out in the middle of nowhere, then he can certainly send us whatever we need when we need it, no matter where we are. Since Jesus could feed 5000-plus people with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes (and have 12 baskets of food left over!) we can be assured he can take our little and make it more than enough.
Second, is God willing to give us what we need each day? I think you should see this answer for yourself straight from his written Word.
Please read Matthew 7:7-11 now. Underline anything you see in this amazing passage that shows evidence that the Father wants to give to us.
When I was growing up I had a dog named Rascal. I loved to take him around to my neighborhood friends and prove how much stronger and better Rascal was than their dogs. One of my favorite things was to show them how high he could jump. I would hold a treat above him, and he would jump up to try and get it. But as he jumped I would move my hand so he couldn’t quite reach it. The higher I lifted the biscuit, the higher he jumped.
I believe we think God handles us as I did Rascal, that somehow, we must jump as high as we possibly can and work hard to earn his provision and love. But that is not at all true. If we really need something, all we have to do is ask, and he will bring it right down to where we are when we need it. He is more than willing to meet our every need, because he is our awesome and eternal Father.
Finally, will God actually give you the bread you need and are requesting? Ask yourself: Are you his child? Are you in the family of
God because you’ve been born again? Are you seeking the kingdom of God above all else and living righteously? If so, Jesus himself promised he will give you everything you need (Matthew 6:33). You and I don’t need some special revelation to know this. This is a promise for each and every blood-bought Christian. Millions of saints who’ve gone before us have tried and proven this time and time again.
What should we ask for? There are 3 take-aways we need to learn from this request in the Model Prayer:
It is a present request. We are to pray, “Give us this day…” Jesus wasn’t saying we should not plan ahead. We should think ahead and plan as much as we can. However, we should never worry about the future. Jesus said, “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs…So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:31-32, 34).
It’s a particular request. “Give us this day our daily bread.” That’s quite specific. What do you really need? List your needs as specifically as you can. Write them down in a journal. Then, when God answers and provides, be sure to share it with others so they too can praise God for his faithfulness!
It’s a practical request. “Give us this day our daily bread.” Bread was a common dietary staple back then. Growing up I was spoiled to a huge three-course meal three times a day. However, as I’ve gotten older I realize I don’t need near that much food. Whether it is food or clothing or finances or something else, we need to ask ourselves, “What do we really need?” Does God only want you to eat bread? Should we never ask for anything else? Absolutely not! God loves to bless his children. But we should minimize seeking after unnecessary things. Pray for what you need; then watch him bless you beyond that. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 7: “How much more will your heavenly Father give to those who ask?” (verse 11). Our Father is a “much more” God!