The Gift of Daily Bread

bread_5989cDo you bow your head and pray before a meal? That is an excellent habit–though it sometimes becomes a mere habit. What does it mean to ask God for daily bread? We are looking at that part of the Lord’s Prayer this evening at Trinity Presbyterian Church.

“[I]n its present context it [the petition, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’] can unmistakably be understood only from the new relation to God given with Christ’s coming. Just like the exhortation not ‘to take thought,’ it is as Christologically determined as the petition for the remission of sins. In both cases the basis of the petition and its answer is found in God’s fatherhood as realized in the coming of Christ. (Herman Ridderbos, The Coming of the Kingdom, p. 268).

 

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