The Prayer of Satisfaction | Bread | Ken Sunoo

The Prayer of Satisfaction | Bread

Matthew 6:7-13

Ken Sunoo

Review: Last week, how were you able to be a part of the insurrection; bringing the Kingdom of God to earth by delivering an ordinance of love, truth and grace?

Introduction: Jesus was skeptical of prayer.  So much of what passes for prayer amounts to nothing more than what he called “heaping up empty phrases” (Matthew 6:7).  And if that’s all it is, maybe that’s why we are skeptical too and why we struggle to do it; it hardly feels worth the time.  In an era of do-it-yourself spirituality, what does Jesus have to teach us about effective prayer?  Maybe if we understood it as he did, we would do it as he did.  Because although he was skeptical, he also had deep conviction.  We read “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16).

We continue our study of prayer with the phrase, “give us this day our daily bread.”  Jesus gives us a way to live joyfully with enough.  Consider what this means for how we deal with our cravings. 

Pray: Lord, teach us to pray. Help us to respond to the love relationship that you have called us. Amen.

Read: Matthew 6:7-13

Discussion:

  1.  What does Jesus mean by “daily bread”
  2.  Proverbs 30:7-9 says “Two things I ask of You, Do not refuse me before I die; Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion, That I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the LORD” or that I not be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God.” (NASB).
    How does the Proverbs text shed light on what Jesus means by “daily bread”?
  3.  How does the principle of daily bread keep us from hoarding or taking security into our own hands?

    How is this similar to the exodus account of God providing manna in the wilderness?
  4. How does this concept of daily bread keep us connected to God?

    What does this say about the kind of relationship God wants to have with us?
  5. How do you shoulder getting bread for those who have none?

    How do you treat the hungry and poor?
  6. How does seeing the gift of “this day” effect us in how we live?

Application:  This week as you pray, consider if your requests are for “daily bread” or independence from God.  

Pray: Lord, thank you for the gift of prayer. Thank you for our daily bread.  Amen.

 

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