- “upward mobility”
- “you deserve it”
- “consumer rights”
- “on demand”
- “the customer is always right”
While the marketing industry spends billions to ‘create a need’ in us, I find that I don’t even need others to inflate my sense of what I ‘need.’ I can do that quite well myself!
What are we NOT praying?
Let’s clarify what this request to “give us this day our daily bread” does not mean…
- We’re not asking for any wants. It doesn’t mean that wants are bad to ask for, but that’s not what this part of the Lord’s prayer model.
- We’re not asking for what we deserve. If that were the case we – like Adam – would only deserve thorns and death (Gen. 2:17, Gen. 3:17). Even our ability to earn income is a gracious gift from the Lord (Deut 8:17-18).
- We’re not saying that food is all that we need. Christ quoted from Deut 8:3 when He was tempted by the devil. Even if we are hungry, we know that we don’t “live by bread alone.”
So what are we asking for?
- Worried about the future? God knows what you need before you ask Him (Mat 6:8).
- Experiencing a lack of something? He has, too (Mat 4:2). But that isn’t the end of the story (Mat 26:29).
- Having trouble with contentment? Remember that every good gift is a flimsy, cardboard foretaste of the solid joys and lasting pleasures in the presence of God (Ps 16:11).
- Concerned God doesn’t want to be good to you? God loves to give to His kids (Luk 12:32)!
- Wondering if God is really able to help you? Don’t forget who spoke all things into existence from nothing (Col 1:16)
Ideas for Application
For further study
You can take a look at the summary and related scriptures in question 193 of the Westminster Larger Catechism.