Prayer is Depending on God for Our Fundamental Needs

imagesThird, prayer is depending on God for our fundamental needs—food, forgiveness, and freedom from sin and Satan. Our first fundamental need is food. We need food. Thus, we are to pray—“Give us this day our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11, ESV).

I’d like you to focus on two key words here—“give” and “daily.” In Luke, the verb, “give,” is present tense—“keep on giving,” with the words, “each day” (ESV) or “day by day” (NKJV). But in Matthew, the verb, “give,” is aorist—“give,” indicating point action, with the word, “today.” The emphasis of Luke is for God to keep giving us day by day. But the emphasis of Matthew is for God to give us our bread today.

Thus, in Matthew, we ask God to give us our bread today. We recognize that God is the giver of our food. We recognize that we receive food not by our own efforts. Instead, we recognize that we receive food by the grace of God. In Matthew, we learn to trust God for our food for today.

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