Learning to Pray the Jesus Way (A blog series on The Lord’s Prayer) Part 4: Our Daily Bread

This is the fourth installment of this Learning to Pray series. Be sure to check out Part 1 Part 2, and Part 3.

9 Our Father in Heaven,

hallowed be your name.

10 Your kingdom come,

your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us today our daily bread…

When I began writing a study on The Lord’s Prayer several years ago, I expected verse 11 to be one of the simplest verses of the entire prayer.  “Give us this day our daily bread” seemed pretty straightforward to me.  After the mammoth challenge of unpacking verses 9 and 10 on God’s name, kingdom, and will, I was hoping to coast for a bit.  I may have even muttered the words, “Oh, finally!  Thank you, Lord, for an easy week of Bible study!”

Little did I know that verse 11 would unveil some of the most difficult heart-work of the entire prayer.

As Jesus encourages us to ask God for the things we need, He also leads us to consider those needs.

What are we asking God to give us?

What is it that we really want more of?

In this verse, Jesus exposes our desires.  Ultimately, He begs us to consider all the things we want instead of (or maybe just in addition to) God.

At first glance of Matthew 6:11, it’s difficult to anticipate the richness laying below the surface of those 7 words.  (Needless to say, it was not such an easy week of Bible study.)

Here’s a quick peek of the profound truths embedded within those 7 words broken down one small phrase at a time…

Give Us:  God wants us to ask Him

This Day:  God wants us to trust Him

Our Daily Bread:  God wants us to desire Him.

Now that you’ve got a general idea of where this verse takes us, let’s go back and take it one phrase at a time…

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