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Pastor Jim Henry
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "We Believe"
Program CT 408919 l616
"GIVE US THIS DAY"
It's absolutely amazing, in the midst of this tremendous, majestic
prayer, after Jesus has said: "Hallowed by Thy Name, Thy kingdom
come, Thy will be done," that He suddenly turns to something so earthy
as bread. It nearly seems out of order, and yet the more we look at
it, we'll see how much in order it really is.
Brother Lawrence, a mystic of another age, said: "We should not
separate the significance of the things that God touches, for they are
all sacred. I can lift up a piece of straw to the glory of God."
Sonetimes, however, we have a way of putting spiritual things into
compartments, divorcing them from the other things of life. I once
heard a pastor relate an experience at a youth retreat where the kids
were having a good time, like our kids do at Camp Orlando, and the
leader said to them: "All right, kids, you all quit having a good
tine, now. We're going to do something spiritual; we're going to have
He said, "It suddenly dawned on me that they were saying, in so many
words, that having a good time is not spiritual. That's something you
do out here on the side, and now the preacher is going to speak, and
that's something sacred, quiet and spiritual, so divorce that from the
I don't believe that's what Jesus was teaching in this prayer. In the
Model Prayer, He talks about bread in an amazing way. It's
tan(gible--you can look at it, taste it, smell it, eat it--just plain
bread. Jesus understood bread. He was more than likely raised in a
lower-income home, perhaps lower-middle, where food was a precious
commodity. He understood the simple. things of life. He understood
working and sweating in a carpenter's shop, as he worked along beside
his father. He apparently understood what it meant to lose a coin.
Maybe it was Hi ...
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