Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
Question: What does this line of the Lord’s Prayer tell us about the nature and essence of God?
Answer: Jesus knew and taught that God was our Father. Mary Baker Eddy gives us a
spiritual name for God’s fatherhood: Life. Life is that aspect of God which is eternal Being,
or existence, and which provides all good in great abundance. Life is the Preserver of man.
“God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men.” (S&H 550:5-7)
If we come to accept what divine Life really is, we will always be fed, clothed, employed, and sheltered in the best way possible. These supplies will appear to us normally, perhaps as opportunities provided by other people, yet they will be through the grace of God.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth me with benefits, even the God of our salvation.” (Ps. 68:19)
“Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.” (Ps. 145:16)
The Lord’s Prayer is telling us that God, Life, is a perfect Father, and has already provided for us all we need.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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