Day 16 – Cardio Training

So far in this section we have talked about relating to God as our Father, last week we talked about the Kingdom of God, and the will of God, and inviting His rule and reign into our day to day lives. Today we are going to look at the third verse in the Lord’s prayer. Let’s start with our scripture reading:

Scripture Reading

Philippians 4:19-20 (MSG)
19 You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. 20 Our God and Father abounds in glory that just pours out into eternity.

Matthew 6:11 (NIV)
11 Give us today our daily bread.

That reminds me of the little kid who was learning the Lord’s prayer about the same time he was learning the pledge of allegiance. He got a little confused and the Lord’s prayer came out like this:

Give us this day our daily bread, with liberty and justice for all.

Before we get practical with the verse, I want to talk about some of the concepts that we have with bread. First, bread is a primary food staple. If you have bread you eat and your physical needs are met. Bread is also used to remind us of spiritual food.

Matthew 4:4 (NIV)
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

The Bible is bread for our souls. Something to think about this week…are you a body with a soul, or a soul with a body?

Bread is a reminder of our need for fellowship as we see in Acts 2:42:

Acts 2:42 (NIV)
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Bread is also a reminder of salvation, which we see when we take communion:

Matthew 26:26 (NIV)
26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

The Lord’s Supper is a reminder of what Jesus has done for us. Each time we celebrate communion we are remembering the lengths He went to so that we could be together. This bread is a picture of our need to get connected to God and others for our physical, spiritual, relational and emotional wholeness. So, how do we approach this part of the prayer?

1. Give Us

It is interesting that the prayer model Jesus taught does not say give ME but give US. This does not mean that it is wrong to ask God for your needs, it means that we need to learn how to share what we receive from God with others. Why? Because God wants us to learn to be selfless instead of selfish. We are not to hoard all the blessings He gives us, we are to share them.

Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)
16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

2. Today

Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

In God’s great mercy, He had broken life down for us into 24 chunks. This is what He wants us to live in. This day. We are not to get stuck in the past or preoccupied with the future. We are to live with Him and for Him today.

3. Our daily bread

This is very interesting in that it has a double meaning. On the one hand the word used for daily means (needful or subsistence). What we need for the day. Give us God what we need for this day. To me this is the natural understanding of this verse and it is important to know that we can trust God with our needs.

Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

On the other hand, the word used for daily has an interesting Kingdom connection. We talked briefly about the kingdom of God last week. His rule and His reign. The kingdom was inaugurated when Jesus came. It will be consummated when He returns. The kingdom (His rule and reign) is here but not yet fully here (your rule and reign come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven). We live in the present, in the tension of the now and the not yet. So, the root word for daily is the same word we get tomorrow from. In effect, you could translate Matthew 6:11 to say, Give us today, the bread of tomorrow. This is the spiritual or supernatural understanding of this verse. It helps us to increase our faith. The kingdom dynamic, His rule and reign, is presented like this. God, since you are going to set everything right when you come back, we ask that you do it now. We don’t need to worry about tomorrow, and we have faith that all the promises of the kingdom can break through into today.

In this part of the prayer, we ask God in faith not only for our daily needs, but we ask Him for the miraculous as well.

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