As posted on The Vicar’s Wife blog.
Puts a different spin on
“Give us this day our daily bread”
does it not?
My beloved Frank has told me (he being the one who has studied theology, history and New Testament Greek) that what that line of the Lord’s Prayer really means is ‘give us bread for today’. In other words, we are asking God to provide enough just for today. In the context of first century occupied Israel this has even more importance. There were famines; the people were poor. Nonetheless, Jesus doesn’t teach us to pray for ‘abundance’ – not in the physical, worldly sense – but to pray simply for enough food to feed my family for today, relying on God for tomorrow. Now that’s faith and, in God’s Upside Down way, this is abundance.