Introductory Note:

Trusting God fully means learning to ask for our bread, day by day. To those of us who live in a world of efficient farming, industrial bakeries, and super-sized grocery stores, asking for our daily bread may seem a quaint, too trivial petition. Not so, says Richard Foster in today’s post.

Jesus immerses himself in our daily needs, and when he instructed us to ask for our bread—just enough for the day—he was teaching us that nothing is beneath his notice, and not even our nourishment is possible without his provision. So, we can rest assured that our “1,001 trifles” are each important to him.

What seems too small to bother the Lord with today? Can we boldly take it to him anyway?

Renovaré Team

Excerpt from Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home

If we were not so famil­iar with the Lord’s Prayer, we would be aston­ished at the peti­tion for dai­ly bread. If it had come from the lips of any oth­er than Jesus him­self, we would con­sid­er it an intru­sion of mate­ri­al­ism upon the refined realm of prayer. But here it is smack in the mid­dle of the great­est of prayers: Give us this day our dai­ly bread.” 

When we think about it for a moment, though, we real­ize that this prayer is com­plete­ly con­sis­tent with Jesus’ pat­tern of liv­ing, for he occu­pied him­self with the triv­i­al­i­ties of humankind. He pro­vid­ed wine for those who were cel­e­brat­ing, food for those who were hun­gry, rest for those who were weary (John 2:1 – 12; 6:1 – 14; Mark 6:31). He went out of his way to find the lit­tle peo­ple”: the poor, the sick, the pow­er­less. So it is ful­ly in order that he invites us to pray for dai­ly bread. 

In doing so Jesus has trans­fig­ured the triv­i­al­i­ties of every­day life. Try to imag­ine what our prayer expe­ri­ence would be like if he had for­bid­den us to ask for the lit­tle things. What if the only things we were allowed to talk about were the weighty mat­ters, the impor­tant things, the pro­found issues? We would be orphaned in the cos­mos, cold, and ter­ri­bly alone. But the oppo­site is true: he wel­comes us with our 1,001 tri­fles, for they are each impor­tant to him. 

We pray for dai­ly bread by tak­ing to God those tri­fles that make up the bulk of our days. Are we unable to find a babysit­ter to care for the chil­dren while we are at work? Well, then, we pray for dai­ly babysit­ters. Do we need a lit­tle space to think things out? Then we pray for dai­ly soli­tude and rest. Is it a warm sweater or gloves that we need because of the bit­ter cold? We ask for cloth­ing, day by day. Are we strug­gling with a rela­tion­ship at work or at home? We ask for patience and wis­dom and com­pas­sion — dai­ly, hourly. This is how we pray for dai­ly bread.

Excerpt­ed from Prayer: Find­ing the Heart’s True Home by Richard J. Fos­ter (Harper­One, 1992), pp. 185 – 186, and used with permission.

Text First Published December 1991

📚 The 2022 – 23 Ren­o­varé Book Club

This year’s nine-month, soul-shap­ing jour­ney fea­tures four books, old and new, prayer­ful­ly curat­ed by Ren­o­varé. Now under­way and there’s still time to join.

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