Season of Prayer – Day 5: Daily Bread

Give us today our daily bread.

(From the “Lord’s Prayer,” Matthew 6:11, NIV)

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

(Philippians 4:11-13, NIV)

Questions to think and pray over today:

  • In his Model Prayer, why do you think Jesus spent only one short sentence focused on life’s material necessities?
  • “Give us today our bread for this day.”  Why might Jesus have made this request so limited in time and amount?
  • When we pray that God would provide our material needs, does that imply that we should simply sit and wait on them to appear?  What is the relationship between prayer and action?
  • How does Paul understand God’s provision?  Does a lack of material possessions signify a lack of God’s blessing?
  • How might these ideas apply to ministers and mission workers who depend on God and the generosity of others in doing God’s work?
  • How might these ideas apply to our partners as they courageously give so God’s work might be done?
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