“Give us this day our daily bread” – Q&A #15

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

Question: Why does this prayer say give “us” daily bread, rather than give “me” or “my family”?

Answer: Do you recall that Jesus taught us to “love thy neighbor as thyself”? He wanted us to love others no less than ourselves, and to include them in our prayers. We do not limit the good we receive by this, but we expand our sense of love to embrace the world. We are united in brotherly love with all mankind.

“In the scientific relation of God to man, we find that whatever blesses one blesses all, as Jesus showed with the loaves and the fishes, — Spirit, not matter, being the source of supply.”
(S&H 206:15)

“The test of all prayer lies in the answer to these questions: Do we love our neighbor better
because of this asking?”
(S&H 9:5-7)

“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.”
(Rom. 12:10)

Because of the broad outreach of the Lord’s Prayer, it has become a universal prayer that can be shared in public church services, including the Christian Science church, and in
other meetings. You can see why Mary Baker Eddy once wrote:

“All Christian churches have one bond of unity, one nucleus or point of convergence, one prayer,
— the Lord’s Prayer.
It is matter for rejoicing that we unite in love, and in this sacred petition
every praying assembly on earth, — ‘Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.’” (Pul. 22:3-8)

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

Bread #15


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