How to Pray (Part 4): “Give Us Our Daily Bread” and “Forgive Us Our Sins”

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How to Pray (Part 4): “Give Us Our Daily Bread” and “Forgive Us Our Sins”

The essence of sin, you see, is independence and autonomy from God. “Give us our daily bread” pushes us the opposite way. Jesus showed us that we can ask God for whatever we need, but he also stressed the need for confession. Confession is an important part of our spiritual growth, because it helps us clear out sin so that it isn’t growing and spreading in us.

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How to Pray (Part 4): “Give Us Our Daily Bread” and “Forgive Us Our Sins”

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This is the fourth of a five-part series on the Lord’s Prayer. Don’t miss Monday’s post (“Our Father”), Tuesday’s (“Hallowed Be Your Name”), or yesterday’s (“Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done”). And be sure to come back tomorrow for the last installment!

I find it comforting—empowering, almost—that Jesus liked bread. There’s proof, you see, in his model prayer: “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11 ESV). Not “our daily kale” or “our daily juice cleanse.” What would Jesus do? He wouldn’t get the bun-less hamburger, that’s what.

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Most of us in the West never think to pray this phrase because we don’t wonder where our next meal, whether it’s burgers or kale, is coming from. It should be noted, of course, that many believers throughout the world, in their poverty, identify with this request much more intuitively. But what Jesus wants to teach every believer here is how to develop a posture of dependence on God, thanking him for every gift, great and small.

The essence of sin, you see, is independence and autonomy from God. “Give us our daily bread” pushes us the opposite way. The phrasing (in Greek) is “today bread.” It is intentionally short-lived.

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