Lesson Plan - Get It!
You just received your new "toy" from Amazon. You rip open the box and realize it's not what you ordered! Or, maybe it is, but afterwards, you realized it was not as satisfying as you thought it would be. You are disappointed. Maybe the seller lied about its features or suitability. Time to return it!
When we ask the Lord to provide "our daily bread," we are doing more than asking for a piece of breakfast toast.
We are admitting our dependence upon our Heavenly Father and acknowledging His care for His children.
- Allocation: "Give us this day our daily bread." (Outline taken from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary Matthew 1–7, p. 388).
- Substance: "Bread" often means more than baker's bread. It can mean physical needs. There is nothing mundane about asking for physical needs. We cannot serve without physical, as well as spiritual, strength. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).
- Source: Heavenly Father — We know we can trust Him. Remember, He provided everything we need before man was created! See Genesis chapter 1.
We know God is a good and benevolent father. He won't give us anything we have to return. Most of the time, He exceeds our expectations, especially if we ask for things that may not be good for us!
"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" (Matthew 7:9–11).
Even when we don't realize or admit it, we cannot receive anything on our own. In The Simpsons TV show, Bart is asked to say "grace." Here is his prayer: Dear God, we paid for all this stuff ourselves. So thanks for nothing. However, the Bible remind us:
"But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today" (Deuteronomy 8:18). We work, but He provides.