Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
Question: What is meant by daily bread?
Answer: No one seems to know for sure what the original meaning of the word now translated “daily” meant. The word was rarely used in other literature. But in this phrase of the Lord’s Prayer, it appears to refer to bread that is just enough for one day’s use — especially the day that is today. So, when we pray to God to give us our “daily bread,” we are asking for just enough truth to be used for our spiritual needs today.
“. . . God pours the riches of His love into the understanding and affections, giving us strength according to our day.” (S&H 5:16-18)
We do not want any more food than we can digest at one time. No wise parent would do that to a child. Can you imagine your mother forcing you to eat all of one week’s meals in one sitting?
Neither would God. So if you are hungry for truth, you ask for and receive only what you can
digest and use today!
“God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies. Never ask for tomorrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever-present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment.” (Mis. 307:1-5)
The concept of receiving only daily bread, is seen in the story of Moses and the Children of
Israel being fed by manna from heaven. The manna would spoil if too much was taken. We will take a look at that story in another lesson.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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