Our Daily Bread
Luke 10:38- 11:4
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
11 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
2 He said to them, “When you pray, say:
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
Was there even a question that both Mary and Martha loved Jesus? Of course not.
Was there a question that both were serving Jesus? Of course not.
Martha thought Mary’s service left something to be desired. True or false? True
But the fact is that Martha, while actually very busy working FOR Jesus wasn’t spending any time WITH Jesus.
The predicament of being busy is an easy trap to fall into. The very fact that we are moving about and going here and there.... the fact we have meetings to attend and issues to discuss keep us aware of the environment surrounding us but may very well take us away from spending time with the center of our purpose in serving…. Jesus.
Remember I said Sunday if Satan can’t make us evil he will keep us busy.
He never condemned Martha, but He made it clear that we are to have the proper priorities when it comes to serving. For example it is important that we are here together, right now, studying the Word of God. Sure there are other things we can be doing but are they as beneficial as this to us. If we learn one thing today that can help us and even help us help someone else it will have been time well spent.
But then Jesus tells the disciples in response to a question. Teach us how to pray?
Have you ever considered this? Sometimes we just kind of pray. No specifics, no purpose and even no passion. But the disciples as ked how do we do it?
When you break down the Lord’s prayer This is a breakdown form a youth director in Colorado
Sometimes we say this prayer in church or may have prayed it ourselves. But do we really know what the words mean and how it can help us to pray well?
Let’s break down the prayer and have a look at each section so we can be better equipped and understand what we are saying as we pray.
“Our Father in heaven...”
This line reminds us that we are praying to our Father in heaven, how great is this?! We can call the God of the WHOLE universe our “father” because of what Jesus has done, bringing us into God’s family. This means we can come to Him as children when we pray, but it also reminds us that we need to have the correct reverence and awe of Him as a father and not just treat God like our buddy or mate.
“Hallowed be your name”
This line sounds a little odd because we don’t really use the word “hallowed” any more, but what it means is to ‘honour as holy’. So we are to honour God’s name as holy and also treat Him as holy. But this prayer is bigger than just for ourselves; we are to pray that all across the world God’s name may be honoured as holy as people come to know God and to understand who He is.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”
As Christians, we know that the life we live here on earth is not all that there is, we know that a new heaven and a new earth are coming – this is the coming kingdom of God (Revelation 21).
But we also know that God’s kingdom is being established today as people come to know Him and become part of His family (His kingdom). So as we pray this line about God’s will being done, and God’s kingdom we should remember that we are not only praying for the future but also for people to become Christians right now.
“Give us today our daily bread”
This line has a double meaning behind it. It asks for God to provide us with the daily necessities that we need (harking back to the days when God provided food for His people for the 40 years in the desert), but it also refers to God feeding us daily through His word, The Bible.
“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors”
Even though as Christians we know we are forgiven of our sins, it is good to pray for forgiveness for it reminds us that we are sinful and constantly fall short of God’s perfect standards. We also are reminded by this line that we are to forgive others. We have been forgiven so much by God, we are to show Christ-like character and forgive those who wrong us.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”
Despite us having been saved by Jesus and the victory over sin and death having been won, there is still a spiritual war happening. So we are to pray for protection from the attacks of the devil as well as praying that God help us not to wander into temptation and sin.
"For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen"
This is an added extra bit that many churches have tagged onto the end of the LORD’s Prayer that is a conclusion to the prayer. It praises God for the power and glory that he has and will have for all eternity.
So when we gather here to study the Word we are getting spiritual nourishment courtesy of the Holy Spirit.