“Give us this day our daily bread;”
Jesus taught that God gives us everything we need to live. He proved this in many ways. Have you read about the times Jesus fed large groups of people when there was only a little bit of fish and bread to share? God also feeds us. We need food to live. But we also need to be fed with spiritual food. We call this Truth. God feeds us with good thoughts that make us strong, wise, loving, and happy. He gives us what we need each day. We just have to ask Him for it when we pray!
“Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;”
We may become hungry for food to feed our bodies, but sometimes we also have a spiritual hunger. We might be hungry for love or for happiness. We may wish to feel closer to God and His goodness. Mrs. Eddy calls this kind of hunger “famished affections,” and we need “grace” from God to feed these famished affections. This grace is Life and Truth. God blesses us and feeds us with grace every day. We must ask Him for this grace when we pray. In fact, many people say a short prayer at mealtimes thanking God for the food and all His blessings. This is called “saying grace.” We will feel a happy sense of Life when we are fed grace and truth from God. We must go out and live Life by sharing our grace, and being helpful to others.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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