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December 14, 2021

A Prayer for Our Daily Bread

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Our Father, we bow before You in worship and gladly acknowledge that every good gift comes from Your loving hand. We thank You today for the beauty of the earth, for the love of friends and family, for our food, for our homes, for our work, for Your church, and most of all for the gift of Your Son.

We confess our impatience, and we ask Your forgiveness. We know that patience is the fruit of Your Holy Spirit, and we ask that You produce this good fruit in our lives. Deliver us from grumbling. May we never despise what You have provided. May Your anger not blaze hotly against us. Use the times when things we enjoy are taken away to increase our gratitude for what we have. Help us to rejoice in what You have given, rather than complain about what You have withheld.

Father, Your Son has taught us to ask You for what we need. Some of us need work, and we ask that You provide. Some among us are sick, and we ask that Your healing hand may be upon us. Some are hungry and we cry out to You, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

Father, Your world is in trouble. Please, in Your mercy, give us relief. We pray for those who carry the weight and burden of great responsibility. We pray for our mayors, for our governor, and for our president. Grant to those who lead us, strength to bear the burdens they carry and wisdom that will promote our common good.

We pray that You will deliver us from anxiety. You know what we need. Help us to trust You and to seek first Your kingdom, knowing that we can trust You in all things.

Help us to measure Your love for us by what You have done in sending Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank You that He is the living bread. Thank You that this bread was broken so that His life should be in us. Help us, by faith, to feed on Him, and so nourish our souls to eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

This prayer is adapted from the sermon “God’s Provision” from the series on the Lord’s Prayer, Six Things to Ask of God.


Colin Smith

Founder & Teaching Pastor

Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the Founder and Teaching Pastor for Open the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.
Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the Founder and Teaching Pastor for Open the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.