The first part of the Lord's Prayer puts things in perspective. 'Our Father...' reminds us we are part of God's family. 'Hallowed be Your name' tells us God is no ordinary Dad - He is holy. To be respected. The God of the impossible. Next, 'Your Kingdom come; Your will be done...' prompts us to put God's way first. Nothing and nobody challenges God in Heaven. We'd do well to remember that.
Now comes the second part. We start to remember ourselves. We approach God as His child and ask for His help: 'Give us this day our daily bread...' The word Jesus used here literally meant food. In other words, give us our three square meals to keep us going. God cares for our everyday needs. Food to keep us fit and healthy. A home to keep us safe and warm. Friends and family to keep us loved and loving. Our daily 'bread' is all that makes life possible.
Our self-preservation instincts kick in sometimes: What if I don't get a job? What if I do, but I get the sack? What if I can't afford to eat? What about bills? What if I never meet that perfect someone?
So what now? God knows just what you need. And when you need it. And how it will be provided. So thank Him and learn to trust Him.
Soulfood : Rom 7:1-9:16, Jn 10:11-21, Ps 83:1-8, Prov 29:19-22