“Give us this day our daily bread” – Q&A #8

Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;

Question: Why do we only pray for our needs one day at a time?

Answer: God is an ever-present Father and “knows our need before we tell Him or our fellow-
beings about it.”
(S&H 13:15-16)  We need to develop faith that God will provide us what we need daily. This idea is illustrated in the story of the Children of Israel during their journey in the wilderness with Moses. (see Ex.16)

God provided just enough food for each day, and warned the people not to gather more than they could eat, or else the food would spoil. However, they could gather double the amount on the day before the sabbath, so that they could rest on the sabbath, and not have to
gather food. That extra food did not spoil. God provided daily food for them for the entire
forty years that they wandered in the wilderness. Today, Hymn 46 reminds us:

Day by day the promise reads,
Daily strength for daily needs:
Cast forboding fears away;
Take the manna of today.

The importance of “living in the now,” is further explained by Mary Baker Eddy:

“We own no past, no future, we possess only now. If the reliable now is carelessly lost in speaking
or in acting, it comes not
back again. Whatever needs to be done which cannot be done now,
God prepares
the way for doing; while that which can be done now, but is not, increases our
indebtedness to God. Faith in divine Love supplies the ever-present help and now, and gives the power to ‘act in the living present.’” (My. 12:20-28) 

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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Bread #8


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