7.5 Give us This Day our Daily Bread

Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry


Give us this day our daily bread.

You, O God, who have appointed us to seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness, have promised that if we do so, other things will be added to us: Matthew 6:33(ESV) And therefore, having prayed for the sanctifying of your name, the coming of your kingdom, and the doing of your will, we next pray, Father in heaven, give us this day, and each day, our daily bread. Luke 11:3(ESV)

Remove far from us falsehood and lying; give us neither poverty nor riches; feed us with food that is needful for us, lest we be full and deny you, and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest we be poor and steal and profane the name of our God. Proverbs 30:8-9(ESV)

Lord, we do not ask for delicacies, for they are deceptive food, Proverbs 23:3(ESV) nor do we pray that we may feast sumptuously every day, Luke 16:19(ESV) for we would not in our lifetime receive our good things; Luke 16:25(ESV) but we pray for that bread which is necessary to strengthen man’s heart. Psalm 104:15(ESV) We desire not to eat the bread of deceit, Proverbs 20:17(ESV) nor to drink any stolen water, Proverbs 9:17(ESV) nor would we eat the bread of idleness, Proverbs 31:27(ESV) but that if it be your will we may eat the fruit of the labor of our own hands, Psalm 128:2(ESV) that we may do our work quietly and eat our own bread; 2 Thessalonians 3:12(ESV) and having food and clothing, grant us to be content with these, 1 Timothy 6:8(ESV) and to say, “We have received full payment, and more.” Philippians 4:18(ESV)

Bless, O LORD, our substance and accept the work of our hands; Deuteronomy 33:11(ESV) and give us wherewithal to provide for our own, even for the members of our own household, 1 Timothy 5:8(ESV) and to leave an inheritance, as far as is just, to our children’s children. Proverbs 13:22(ESV) Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17(ESV) Bless, Lord, our land with the best gifts of the earth and its fullness; but above all, let us have the favor of him who dwells in the bush, even the blessings that rested on the head of Joseph, on the pate of him who is prince among his brothers. Deuteronomy 33:16(ESV)

But if the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; if the produce of the olive should fail, and the fields yield no food; if the flock should be cut off from the fold, and there should be no herd in the stalls, yet let us have grace to rejoice in the LORD and to take joy in the God of our salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18(ESV)

Father, we ask not for bread for a great while to come, but that we may have this day our daily bread; for we would learn (please, Lord, teach us) not to be anxious for tomorrow, what we shall eat, or what we shall drink, or what we shall wear, but we cast the care upon you, our heavenly Father, who knows that we need all these things; Matthew 6:31-32(ESV) who feeds the birds of the air, though they neither sow nor reap, and will much more feed us, Matthew 6:26(ESV) who are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:31(ESV)

We do not pray for daily bread for ourselves only but for others also: O satisfy your poor with bread. Psalm 132:15(ESV) Let all who walk righteously and speak uprightly dwell on the heights: Let the place of their defense be the fortresses of rocks, let their bread be given them, and let their water be sure. Isaiah 33:15-16(ESV)