Today we will be on the third message of the “Praying Like Jesus” series. We have talked about the Father’s Character and the Father’s Kingdom, which are both centered around our praise. The Father is worthy of our praise because of His nature and character. We also want to pray His Kingdom come and His will be done. Now we turn our focus towards ourselves. Jesus shows us how to pray for our needs. We will look at how the Father is our provider. God cares about our everyday needs. He wants us to have a good job, a car that doesn’t break down all the time, and good health. He wants us to come to Him and ask for His provision.
Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV): In this manner, therefore, pray: 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 forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Matthew 6:11 (NKJV): Give us this day our daily bread.
“sufficient for today”
Day and daily are two of the seven words in this verse. God clearly wants us to rely on His provision daily.
I. Daily Natural Provisions
Jesus is referring to this story when he prays “give us this day our daily bread”:
Exodus 16:4-5: Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they will gather food, and when they prepare it, there will be twice as much as usual.”
The Israelites were to collect enough food for their family each day. On the sixth day they were to collect twice as much so that they could rest on the Sabbath.
We ask because it demonstrates not only our need, but our trust in his provision for us. He wants us to depend on Him as provider for our daily bread. God designed us to eat daily.
Exodus 16:15-18: The Israelites were puzzled when they saw it. “What is it?” they asked each other. They had no idea what it was. And Moses told them, “It is the food the Lord has given you to eat. These are the Lord’s instructions: Each household should gather as much as it needs. Pick up two quarts for each person in your tent.” So the people of Israel did as they were told. Some gathered a lot, some only a little. But when they measured it out, everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed.
“what is it” (Hebrew)
God provided the manna, but the Israelites had to collect and prepare it for their families. God provides the bread but we still have to do our part. We have to work hard and God will bless our hard work.
The Lord instructed them to collect two quarts or 1 omer per person. A family of 2 would collect 2 omers, a family of 6 would collect 6 omers, a family of 12 would collect 12 omers, etc. Those who gathered a lot would have nothing left over and those who had a little had just enough. Everyone ate and everyone was satisfied!
Proverbs 30:8-9: Give me neither poverty nor riches—Feed me with the food allotted to me; Lest I be full and deny You, And say, “Who is the Lord?” Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God.
This is the same as Matthew 6:11. Agur knows that He needs to be dependent He needs to be dependent on God as his provider. If he has too much, he won’t need God and will deny Him. If he has too little, he might steal and dishonor God.
I love what Robert Morris says — there are two main extremes that are predominantly being preached to the church today. Some preach prosperity gospel and others poverty gospel. Jesus preached a provision gospel.
This message is best pictured through the life of Abraham. God blessed Abraham so that He could be a blessing to others.
II. Daily Spiritual Provisions
Jesus was a referring to the bread as both natural/physical provision and spiritual provision. That is why Jesus would heal people first or feed them like He did with the 5,000 and then share the Gospel with them. This is why the church must do the same. We show them God’s love by meeting their physical needs and then we give them hope and see their lives transformed through the message of the Gospel.
John 6:31-33: After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
Moses’ bread was not the bread from heaven. Jesus was the bread from heaven. He declares that when you eat of this bread you will never hunger or thirst again. He is referring to us being satisfied or fulfilled through spiritual provision.
Matthew 4:4: But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
Jesus had been fasting for forty days when Satan came to tempt Him to prove himself to be the Son of God by turning stones into bread. Jesus declared that His food came through Word of God. When we don’t take time to seek God through His Word, we are starving ourselves spiritually.
III. Daily manna is a test
Deuteronomy 8:2-3: Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
Israel failed the test in two ways:
They gathered too much manna and it rotted the next day
On the sixth day they collected two days’ worth. They expected it to be rotted the next day, so they went out on the seventh day and found nothing.
We do the same thing. Instead of giving we hold on to our finances, fearing that it won’t be there tomorrow. If don’t rest one day and work six days, you will rot.
Malachi 3:10-12: Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
This the only place in the Word where it says to test God. Tithing is a test to prove that God can do way more with 90 percent of your money than you can do with 100 percent. Every time you get paid you are taking a test. Are you going to trust God as your provider?
Matthew 6:31-34: “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God* above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
God does not want us to walk through this life with worry. He wants us to walk in peace and in confidence. This can only come through placing complete trust in our Father who is our provider. We are learning how to pray like Jesus. Look at the verse that precedes the Lord’s prayer.
Matthew 6:8: Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him.
Before you ask I will provide for you. But you still need to ask. God longs to not only provide for us, but He longs to know us. We need to seek Him daily and He will fill us with everything that we need. Let’s come to Him and ask Him to meet us our needs for today.