The Simple & The Profound 2/12/20020

Matthew 6:9-13 (English Standard Version)

9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

The genius of this framework for prayer is amplified by its simplicity. The simple yet profound depth of the opening phrase, “Our Father…” launches a quest that outlasts eternity.

The genius of its simplicity continues in verse 10. In our familiarity with the prayer we must avoid glossing over the idea that an eternal, infinite, all-wise, all-powerful, almighty God with His cosmic to-do list would invite you & me to ask for the simplest of things like bread for a meal. That God can orchestrate the orbiting of planets, the tides of the oceans, the rising of the sun and the setting of the moon and yet still care about each simple meal should boggle our mind and instigate gratitude. 

But the depth of “Give us this day our daily bread” is enhanced when we remember that Christ is the bread of Heaven (John 6:35). He makes this declaration after literally giving people their daily bread. Then He points out that we can have a full belly and an empty soul. So Jesus in His prayer reveals that Father, Son & Holy Spirit can be trusted to deal with the simplest needs of our belly and the profoundest needs of our soul.

Prayer: Most Generous Father, give us this day our daily bread –  each and every day You give anything and each thing we need to grow, both in our bodies and our souls. Without You we are malnourished in body and impoverished in soul. We make no claim to be able to feed ourselves properly, and we trust solely in You to provide satisfaction for our bellies and salvation for our souls. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen!