Daily D – Matthew 6:11
Give us today our daily bread.
MATTHEW 6:11 (CSB)
I have been hungry, but I have never gone hungry for long. I have never had to fear not having enough to eat. I am deeply grateful for this blessing. Our Father in heaven has heard and answered this prayer every day of my life.
How about you?
I have gone without a meal or two here or there. Almost always, it was because I chose to do so for one reason or another.
We are so amply blessed in this regard that we are able to contribute to making sure those who are food insecure have the resources they need.
We have a Father in heaven who provides for us day by day. Day by day we should express our gratitude for every meal.
A simple prayer of thanksgiving at mealtime is less of a ritual and more of a communion. It is an acknowledgment of another gift from our Provider.
Many of life’s most important conversations take place over meals. Think of the many holy moments from the pages of the Bible that likewise took place around one meal or another.
In a few moments, I will rise from this chair and descend those steps. Our dogs will celebrate their morning meal. I will shortly enjoy my own. My calendar indicates that I will share a meal with friends today at lunch. Tonight I will dine with my bride. We will discuss the events of the day and our plans for the days to come.
I love mealtime.
Our prayers at mealtime acknowledge our Father’s presence and provision. Even the simplest fare is a feast in his presence. Meals are reminders of God’s good gifts to his children. They also remind us that he provides whatever we require in fulfilling his purpose for our lives.
I will give thanks for God’s good gifts every time I sit down to dine.
Our Father, thank you for our daily bread. Thank you for hearing and answering this specific prayer. As you have blessed us with so much, make us a blessing to those who need what we take for granted. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.