Jesus says, “Give us today our daily bread.” after teaching the Lord’s Prayer, and then in verse 25, he says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clubs?“.
Many people know that the entire content of the Lord’s Prayer is related to the kingdom of God. But many Christians misunderstand the Lord’s Prayer. I think the Lord’s Prayer is divided into the first half of the Kingdom of God and the second half of our lives.
The question we can have here is this: What Jesus intended in the Lord’s Prayer is about the kingdom of God, and it is a question of whether the Lord has just inserted a part of our needs into this prayer. The answer to that is to read after Matthew 6:24.
We would have prayed, “God, please fill in what we have to write.” But instead of this prayer, Jesus taught us to pray to save Our Daily bread.
A hint of this phrase can be found in the Old Testament. Let me read Exodus chapter 16, verse 4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you.
The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way, I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. “Your Day Bread” means ” Rain Down Bread” in the Lord’s Prayer.
Rain Down bread
Exodus’s ” Rain Down Bread” lasts only for one day. You can get a bug and stink if you leave it until the next day, but only for two days on the Sabbath.
You can see why God gave ” Rain Down Bread” to the people of Israel if you read Deuteronomy 8:3. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
The reformist John Calvin speaks about this as follows. Christ brings out the issue of the food, clothing, shelter, and shelter of our terrestrial life first to lead us from this basic to that high place.
So we should not think as if a temporary distribution is worth more than the salvation of our eternal soul. Ultimately, we pray everything to God and consider God the only source of all benefits; we find that a trivial problem shows a lot of evidence of sound as a father.
He thinks that the body’s needs are a tangible touchstone for our faith. So through “Give us today our daily bread.” we have to find God’s care, not fulfilling our greed. This is the true meaning of the prayer that Jesus taught us.