Sermon on the Mount – Give Us Our Daily Bread


 Peninsula Community Church

June 5, 2011

Sermon on the Mount – The Lord’s Prayer

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

 

Text – Matthew 6:9-15 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 In our text today, we see that God is instructing the disciples to pray for their daily bread. The term daily means day-to-day or immediate. In other words, we are to pray for God to provide what we need for this moment in time because if we pray this each day and trust God to provide, He will provide for each day’s journey.

By praying “Give us our daily bread” we are asking for what is necessary for the present as we trust God for the future.

Notice that “Give us this day” is a small part of the prayer and yet we spend such an inordinate amount of time praying for our needs.

In this passage there are several truths that we can learn:

  1. The first of these is that God has the ability to sustain us on a daily basis. The Psalmist understood this principle when he wrote “Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you.” (Psalm 55:22). Too often we attempt to carry our burdens without giving them to Him because we are filled with pride or we feel that God cannot be bothered.

     

  2. We must be fully dependent on Him for our needs. Jeremiah 17:5-8 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Please note the results of the one that trusts in God:

     

    1. “He will be like the tree planted by water and he sends his roots out” to get the sustenance they need. This speaks of us doing our part by seeking after God for the things we need. We must be rooted in the truth of Gospel.
    2. “He does not fear when the heat comes.”
    3. “He is not anxious in the year of drought for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
    4. This truth means that we trust God not when we have needs but when everything is going well as well.

     

  3. Instead of anxiety we can rest in God’s ability to provide. Do not worry about tomorrow for today has enough worry of its own. Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. The problem with is that we often worry about things that never come to pass or we take things into our own hands and end up stepping outside God’s will.

     

  4. This provision is a symbol of God’s eternal grace. In the Old Testament we find that God provided for the Children of Israel by providing manna and quail for them. The fact is they did not deserve it because all they did was complain about the conditions of the wilderness, the leadership of Moses and the lack of faith they exhibited towards God. It is also interesting to note that when he provided the manna they were instructed to only take what they needed for that day as the rest would be moldy and would go to waste. Once again God was developing in them the ability to fully trust God in every circumstance, a trait they would certainly need as they entered the promise land. We could also make the observation of how easy it was for the children of Israel to revert to old ways and old habits. They were a complaining people and it was easy for them to go back to the old ways of dealing with issues.

 

  1. The manna was given in spite of the fact that they were complaining and being critical. God sent the manna
  2. God raining down manna from heaven at night and quail in the morning was assign of God’s provision and that He had not forgotten them. (Exodus 16)
  3. And that it was God that was bringing them out of Egypt and the desert.

 

  1. This passage shows us that He is interested in the little things in our lives. Jesus reminded the disciples that he was concerned about the number of hairs on our head. And he is concerned about whether or the birds of the air have nests to rest. There are times when we do not believe that we should be praying for the little things but God is just as concerned about those things as He is the big things.

 

Application: God provides all we need when we need it. And, He knows what we have needed of before we ask. His plan is for us to ask so that we will rely upon Him and not our own strength and ability. What is happening in your life? What is that you need?

  • A job
  • Restored relationships
  • Finances
  • Health
  • Spiritual Growth

 

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