Day 4 – Wednesday January 17

Matthew 6:11   Give us today our daily bread


In asking the Father for daily bread we are acknowledging our dependency on Him for every bodily need. Although the darkness and blindness of this age hides His face from unredeemed humanity, it is His constant, generous care that upholds the fabric of the universe (Hebrews 1:2-3, Colossians 1:17) and provides us with everything we need for our life on earth.

There is nothing wrong with presenting our needs to the Father in prayer. Even though he knows our needs before we ask (Matthew 6:8), he wants us to ask (Matthew 7:7-11, Philippians 4:6-7) . And He wants our asking to be without apology, bold and confident (Hebrews 4:16), full of expectancy that a generous, loving Father will answer – with wisdom (James 1:5-8), with material provision (Matthew 6:19-31), with protection from demonic attack (Luke 10:19), with power for ministry (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:5-8), with words of life from His heart (Matthew 4:4, John 6:68) to anchor our souls with hope and divine perspective.