I’m So Thankful For You
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Another year is almost over. Think for a minute about what has changed for you over the past 12 months. Some of us retired from work. Some found new employment. Some welcomed a new family member, while others lost ones closest to their hearts. Maybe your health status has changed over the past year.
What about the coming year? Twelve months from now, what changes will you be looking back on? If questions like this are unsettling, the words of Jesus, “Give us this day our daily bread,” can put your heart at rest.
In the words of the fourth petition of the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us that God cares not only about our spiritual needs—to come to Him for forgiveness, and for protection against evil and temptation—but that He also is concerned with our physical needs.
Jesus tells us that our Father in heaven knows what we need, even before we ask. In fact, God provides for animals and for people who deny His existence. When we, as believers in God as our Father and loving supplier of all our needs pray to Him for our daily bread, we’re reminded of Who He is and to praise Him as the Creator and Sustainer of our lives.
When we look around at our possessions, it can be easy to be proud of everything we’ve accomplished. No doubt, some of us have worked hard to get where we are today. There’s nothing wrong with working hard and having material possessions. But Jesus encourages us to remember that everything we have is a gift from God.
Give Us This Day
Jesus’ example of prayer teaches us to pray for the needs of only one day. He encourages us not to worry about tomorrow, or next week, or next year. In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us not to worry about life at all! In 1 Peter 5:7, God tells us what to do when we feel worried and anxious:
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.[i]
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
Martin Luther[ii] explained that “daily bread” includes everything we need to support our physical lives. It includes things like:
- Food and drink
- Clothing, shoes
- House, land, and animals
- Money and possessions
- Our family
- Good leaders and government, peace
- Good health and a good reputation
- Good friends and neighbors
Since our Father provided for us by sending Jesus to provide for our greatest need—the need for forgiveness and everlasting life—we can know for sure that He will absolutely give us what we need for our physical bodies.
Only you can answer if your plans for the future have included Jesus. Each of us knows in our own hearts to what extent we worry about tomorrow. God’s word tells us that a lack of faith in Him as our Heavenly Father and Provider is sinful. Believing it is up to you to provide for yourself separates you from God’s love.
Our Father assured us of His love and forgiveness by sending, His Son, Jesus. On the cross, Jesus paid for your sin and saved you from hell, reconciling you to the Father and making you His child. You can pray with confidence knowing that God will provide your daily bread through all the changes of your life.