The Fourth Petition.
Give us this day our daily bread.
What does this mean?
Answer - God gives daily bread, even without our prayer, to all wicked men; but we pray in this petition that He would lead us to know it, and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.
What is meant by daily bread?
Answer - Everything that belongs to the support and wants of the body, such as meat, drink, clothing, shoes, house, homestead, field, cattle, money, goods, a pious spouse, pious children, pious servants, pious and faithful magistrates, good government, good weather, peace, health, discipline, honor, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.
We need to live a balanced life. Thus we pray “this day” and “daily”. We should be satisfied with what we need each day, for it is foolish and sinful to worry about the future. Wise king Solomon writes in Proverbs 30:7-9, Two things have I required of Thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me, lest I be full and deny thee and say, Who is the Lord? Or lest I be poor and steal and take the name of my God in vain. St Paul explains to young Timothy, Having food and raiment, let us be therewith content. (1 Timothy 6:8)
God has promised to provide for us each day our daily needs. As we plan for the future, as we save and invest we place our confidence in the Lord that He will supply us for what we need each day. When people were in need the Savior provided for them. To this day He has promised to provide for us whatever we need to support our body and life. In a sure confidence we can be content knowing that He is able to provide whatever we may need. Our time are truly in His hands.
Almighty God, all that we possess is from Your loving hand. Give us grace that we may honor You with all we own, always remembering the account we must one day give to Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Collect for Proper use of wealth, Lutheran Service Book © 2008 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
Artwork by Ed Rojas, © Higher Things