daily bread

daily bread


Matthew 6:9-13
Give us today the food we need (Matthew 6:11).


Read John 6:32-35 and see what Jesus says about the “bread of life.”


How has Jesus’ daily bread been meeting your needs? Why is it vital that we continually seek the daily bread that only He can provide?

I work for a Christian ministry whose flagship publication is titled Our Daily Bread. Maybe you’ve heard of it. ODB is a popular daily devotional that has blessed millions of readers since its debut more than 50 years ago.

The title for this beloved devotional was borrowed from what is traditionally known as “The Lord’s Prayer” (Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4). Lately, I’ve been reading up on the meaning of the original phrase.

I learned that the Greek word rendered “daily” (Matthew 6:11 KJV) by most modern Bible translations is absolutely unique in Greek literature—it doesn’t appear anywhere else. Over the centuries, some have thought that the word refers to “bread of today” or the “bread of tomorrow.” Others have taken it to mean “just enough bread to keep us alive” or “the bread we need.”

In his book Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes, Kenneth Bailey suggests that a second-century Syrian translation of The Lord’s Prayer gives us one of the best insights into the meaning of this rare word. The translation is rendered in English, “Give us today the bread that doesn’t run out.” Bailey believes that this was Jesus’ intended meaning, as it speaks to the universal human fear of not having enough to survive.

If we run out of the basic necessities of life such as food and water, we’re finished. It’s the same fear that gripped the widow in Zarephath as she prepared to make one final loaf of bread for herself and her only son before they died (1 Kings 17:8-12).

It’s clear that Jesus taught us to pray for deliverance from this basic human fear that can utterly demoralize the human spirit. Praying for “our daily bread” is asking the Giver of all life for the food we need (physical and spiritual) to sustain us today, tomorrow, and forever.

NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Nehemiah 8:1-18

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3 Responses to “daily bread”

  1. tom felten says:

    Jeff, it’s interesting that we’re to ask for our daily bread—not enough for the next week or year. A daily dependence on God keeps our faith growing and makes for a true heart of gratitude.

  2. davidbeloved says:

    I just want to thank.our Lord for His daily provision. His childern, my Brothers and Sister who hear His call and send out these words that give food for strenght, peace and comfort. He is a loving God. He, provides ALL our needs.

  3. winn collier says:

    Living in gratitude for the single loaf I need today certainly can undercut my anxiety about tomorrow.

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