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Luke 11:1-4
Give us today the food we need (Matthew 6:11).

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• Proverbs 30:8-9
• Matthew 6:25-33
• 1 Timothy 6:6-8

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What can you do to help feed the poor and hungry in your community? What can you do with your second loaf of bread?

Both the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program report that 1.02 billion people (15 percent of the world population) went to bed hungry in 2009. Every day, 18,000 children under the age of 5 die from hunger-related causes—one child every 5 seconds. The urgent cry of these 1.02 billion people is, “Give us today the food we need” (Matthew 6:11).

For Christians living in affluent countries, there will be food on the table tonight. And we seldom buy food for just one day, relying instead on quantities of stored provisions that make our next meal no big deal. Perhaps only in times of economic downturn and job losses do we begin to pray, “Give us each day the food we need” (Luke 11:3).

These words teach us that nothing is too small to bring to God. He cares for us intensely because we are His children. As a loving Father, He knows what we need, and no request is too minute for Him to receive (Matthew 6:30-33). So as we pray, we remember:

God will provide. If our earthly parents won’t give us a stone when we ask for bread (Matthew 7:9-11), surely our heavenly Father who feeds the birds will also feed us (Matthew 6:26; Job 38:41; Psalm 145:15-17; Philippians 4:19).

We must not be selfish. Give us (not me) today the food we (not I) need. If my Father supplies me with two loaves of bread, and my brother has none, the second loaf is not for storing in my refrigerator but for sharing with my brother (Deuteronomy 15:7-11; Leviticus 23:22).

We need to be content. Living in a consumerist culture with its insatiable desires, we crave for more and more. We must learn how to be content with what the Lord has already given us (Philippians 4:11-13).

Our daily bread is all we really need.

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5 Responses to “our daily bread”

  1. Bryan B says:

    Amen! We don’t need the boat, the fancy car, the cabin in the mountains, or the house in the better part of town. We simply need Jesus and to rely on His provision for our lives.

    Great devotion!

  2. Lucille says:

    We who have much, should give to help those in need. One way is trough Compassion International. I have a child who I support which provides food and bible teaching. This is just one small way to help.

  3. sweet_child says:

    THIS WAS A GOOD THOUGHT BUT WHEN FIRST READ THE TOP I WAS THINKING FOOD FOR THE SOUL WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD. AND YES WE AS PEOPLE ARE LIKE THE CHILD WHO ARE IN NEED OF FOOD FOR STRENGTH. BECAUSE WITHOUT THE WORD OF GOD WITHIN US WE ARE ABSOLUTELY WEAK. AND WE CAN ALSO SHARE THE SPIRITUAL FOOD WITH OTHERS AS WELL INSTEAD PUTTING SOME UP FOR SELF. AND THE GOOD THING ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL FOOD IT WILL NEVER RUN OUT EVEN AFTER YOU GIVE SOME TO THE NEEDY. THX

  4. mickeymouse says:

    Thanks for today’s Devotion. I confess with the Palmist David, I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

    Sandra

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