When we pray “give us this day our daily bread” we mediate on the needs that make us human and our reliance on God to ultimately provide for us.
When we reflect on our daily needs we include our physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, environmental, social, and vocational needs. We reflect on what makes us whole and well.
Many times we pray this with thanksgiving, asking God to continue to provide for us, having confidence that God will—often through others and through our surrounding environment.
So, as much as this is a prayer to God, realizing He is the eternal source of all that makes us whole and well, this is also an important reminder of our reliance on other humans and nature daily. This reciprocally means that we have a responsibility to help fulfill the needs of the relationships God has entrusted us with, and the world in which we live.
Now sometimes, this prayer is said with much pleading and sorrow. Our needs are not being met and we desperately seek God in the midst of it all. While this is right and good prayer too, our confidence in God must not waiver. We must protest and cry, but we must trust in God’s providence, remembering all the times He has provided for us in the past.
Whether from a place of joy or sorrow, we must always pray for our daily needs, because we recognize that we are part of a magnificent universe, with a vast, even-more-expansive God watching over it all. Providing for us.