Matthew 6:9-11 – After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. (KJV)
Our week-long Vacation Bible School this summer focused on the Lord's Prayer, following Matthew's account in the King James Version. The first day's theme was "God Listens".
By the second day, the ladies in the kitchen, knowing how many children to expect and balancing that against the number of cookies that had been donated, began to wonder aloud if there would be enough to last the week.
At the opening program that same morning, we had sung "Happy Birthday" for one of the teen leaders, and just before snack time, his parents came in with an abundant supply of decorated birthday cupcakes for all the children. There was great rejoicing in the kitchen, for now there would be enough snacks for the whole week. Only then did it dawn on us that the theme for the second day was "God Provides", based on the petition, "Give us this day our daily bread." The Lord had provided an object lesson for the day's theme!
Psalm 37:25 – I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. (NIV)
The sources of supply for the food we eat each day are so well developed that we can easily neglect the fact that it is God Who supplies our food. All the more do we need to remind ourselves of this by pausing to thank Him for our food at every meal.
1 Timothy 4:4-5 – For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. (NIV)
Prayer: Lord, help us never to take our daily supply of food for granted, but to recognize its source in You, with thanksgiving. Amen.