Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11, NKJV)
Even as earthly fathers provide for their families on a daily basis, it is God Himself who gives the rain for the food we eat, “filling our hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:17). Jesus assures us that our heavenly Father knows our physical needs and provides them to us in due season (Matt. 6:31-33).Therefore, our prayers are to be filled with joyful thanksgiving to our Father for His daily provisions. He gives and sustains our lives, and it is the ungrateful heart that eats without giving thanks and expressing faithful dependency upon God for life and its sustenance (1 Tim. 4:4-5). This portion of Christ’s model prayer reminds us that our prayers should gratefully recognize God as the loving and constant source of life’s provisions every day.