Daily Bread

After this manner therefore pray ye, Our father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done even in earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen                           Matthew 6:9-13

 

I used the very old translation of this venerable prayer, because there is a poetry to it in this form. We memorized the prayer as children, and it was typically in old verse like this. There is some comfort in reciting the Lord’s Prayer in the old style, but we need to remember that there is no magic in the words. It gives us comfort to recite, but what do the words really mean?

As I was thinking about this, I saw that this was the model for how we should pray every day. Each morning back in the day that Jesus taught this prayer, people had to find and make their bread for the day. They would go to the community oven to bake bread, or they would daily lay a flat matza (or matzah) on a hot stone to bake it. Bread was a daily staple, but there were no preservatives (not much shelf life), and daily bread was just the way of life.

Just like the bread needed to be daily, so did forgiveness, fleeing from temptation, and deliverance from evil.

Daily disciplines strengthen us. I have found that I take comfort in the predictability of my daily disciplines, especially as we are living in a world that is so far from predictable every day. So, take control of your daily disciplines- prayer, reading, exercise- whatever things you do daily to make sense of the world in order to keep your body and mind healthy.

We still need Daily Bread.

Prayer: Our father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done even in earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen                           

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