Jesus was talking to his disciples, teaching them the Lord’s Prayer. He said, “[Father], give us today our daily bread.” Not weekly, or monthly but daily. In those days, starvation for many of them was just a day or two away. Receiving daily bread was very serious. Jesus taught his disciples this truth because circumstances in our lives can change so quickly. Therefore, we need to trust God on a moment by moment basis.
For example, I was at home last Saturday night, September 14th, getting ready to go to bed. I was drained over all that was happening to Fulton. He still had serious constipation and his temperature was not stable. My son was really suffering. I said to my wife, call the hospital and let’s see how he’s doing. As she was talking to the nurse, there was some noise of franticness in the background. The nurse said, “I’ve got to call the doctor, Fulton’s temperature has spiked at 103.” The news overwhelmed me. I was convinced Fulton was going to die that very night. I went to bed panicked, but trying desperately to believe God. Somehow, I drifted off to sleep. My wife woke me up two hours later with much better news. His temperature was several degrees lower and he had a major bowel movement. As I heard the news, deeply grateful, I fell back into sleep peacefully. God had taken care of the problem while I slept.
The words of Christ became clearer to me. We can trust God on a daily basis. He works even while we sleep. Fulton is doing well. He is now back in the nursing home. With medication, he continues to improve.
Perhaps you are struggling with a crisis in your life. Ask God to give you his daily bread. He will answer you. He will provide. I speak from experience.
“Give us today our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11