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Give Us Today Our Daily Bread (3 of 5)
Series: Perfecting Prayer's Power
Terry J. Hallock
July 11, 1999
With the Lord's Prayer as our text and Jesus as our teacher, we have thus far been taught two principles about perfecting prayer's power. First, the Father's name must be exalted above all others. "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name". Second, the Father's royal power, dominion, and rule must be supreme in our lives if what He has already manifested in heaven is to be manifested here. "Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven". The emphasis of those two truths is directed at our relationship with God, for if that relationship isn't right our prayer life won't be right.
Now we come to verse 11. Here Jesus turns to God's relationship with us. Specifically, Jesus instructs us on the Father's relationship to our human needs. "Give us today our daily bread." Before we begin to explore the specifics of this verse and its impact on our prayers, it is vital that an overarching truth it communicates be understood. Those simple words, "Give us today our daily bread", should forever lay to rest any doubt or argument about whether the Father cares about our personal needs and wants to meet them. Why would God the Son give us permission to ask God the Father to supply "our daily bread" if there was no chance He could or would? In a later portion of the Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 7:9-11), Jesus makes it clear that not only does God care about our personal needs but has the desire and authority to meet them. "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" (Matthew 7:9-11). The issue is not whether we have the right to ask the Father to meet our needs, nor whether He will or can. The only question is ho ...
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