Matthew 6: 11- “Give us this day our daily bread.”
Confession: I am always looking to tomorrow instead of thinking about today! Are you with me? I can’t wait until the weekend, or I am dreading “clean the bathrooms day” on Thursday, or dreaming about my next Disney trip (which won’t happen for several years…but I do love the magic!).
When Jesus prayed in the Lord’s Prayer, “Give us this day, our daily bread,” I believe that in one way this was his gift to us saying take one day at a time. Again in Matthew 6, verse 34, Jesus tells us, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.” (This particularly hits home with me because I am on the Zoloft for my anxiety and have trouble breathing at times.) Jesus didn't say, give us this week, our weekly bread or month or year! Just like God rained down manna each new morning in the desert to the Israelites, and just like God’s mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23), the focus is on what this day holds, not tomorrow. I love this permission to rest, to trust that God will provide for today. In trials and suffering, God will give you the strength to get through today and new strength tomorrow. How kind and wise of God to know that we humans couldn't handle more than 24 hours in a day….although I am often guilty of wishing I had more time to get things done!
So today, for this next 24 hours, Lord, help us to slow down and stop longing for tomorrow. Lord help us spend this day more in Your Word than on social media, and in more real face time instead of screen time. Don't let us miss the blessings of this day’s sunshine, and leftover brownies. Don't let us miss the sound of the practicing musical instruments coming down the hall or the opportunities to pray over our kids in the car on our way from here to there. Lord, may we not miss your love as we walk the dog or snuggle down to bed in cozy sheets. Lord, may we be thankful for this day and trust it in Your perfect hands: snow or no snow, winning the game or not, making the team or not, getting the position or not, winning that ‘perfect’ rug on eBay or not. May we behold Your beauty today as we trust that You are Lord over our day and everyday! Thank you Jesus!