What is the fourth petition of the Lord's Prayer?
Give us this day our daily bread.
What does the mean?
God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our prayers, even to all evil people, but we pray in this petition that God would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.
What is meant by daily bread?
Daily bread includes everything that has to do with the support and needs of the body. Such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, land, animals, money, goods, a devout husband or wife, devout children, devout workers, devout and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, self-control, good reputation, good friends, faithful neighbors and the like. (Luther's small catechism)
The Lord's prayer, the perfect prayer, given to us by God's only Son Jesus Christ. It is a prayer that rolls off of our tongues with ease. We do not have to think about it. It is comfort.
Mommies set food on the table before their children to enjoy and eat. Daily Bread.
Daddies go to work and provide for their families. Daily Bread.
Clothing is received for birthday presents or from friends that have out grown them. Daily Bread.
I have a husband that loves me. Daily Bread.
We live in a country that provides us with freedom to work and learn. Daily Bread.
What if a family is struggling to receive their daily bread? Who provides these meals, housing, clothing..... God our Heavenly Father.
It is a wonder to behold this work done by God the Father through his Son Jesus Christ through people here is a sinful word. That is the church, caring and providing for the sheep and making sure their trough is full. These little sheep need a roof over their head. These little sheep need a place to lay their weary heads.
When there is a crisis with a member of the church, Christ in us provides for these people whether it be food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home. . . . . .
God gave us one prayer and it is perfect. He provides for his sheep.