Give us today our daily bread

bread for todayThe title of this post is a line from a prayer we prayed at my primary school every day: It’s from the ‘Lord’s prayer’, the prayer Jesus used to teach his followers how to pray. It speaks of how all we need is provided by God, if we ask. When those basic things we need are lacking, sometimes all we can do is pray and ask God to provide. I know God wants to provide for us, one of the names the Jews gave to God is ‘Jehovah Jireh’ – the God who provides.

I often ask for the things I want and neglect the important, foundational things which will sustain me and keep me going. Like a ship without an engine or a yacht without sails I can happily try to go through life without giving the necessary attention to the basic things which will keep me going, my daily bread.

For me that is family, a good home, healthy food, enough exercise and spiritual peace. My spiritual peace comes from my faith is Jesus and his teaching contained in the Bible. Being confident that God is present, looking after me and guiding me, helps sustain me through the good times, the bad times and the hard times. I can say with confidence, the prayer written by King (of Israel) David,  “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”