“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread”


Why is this phrase included in the pattern for prayer that the Lord gives us?  Could it be that He wants us to walk with Him daily and to have faith and trust in Him?  If we seek our daily bread from Him, He will never be too far from our minds and hearts.

Consider this statement from Elder D. Todd Christofferson (speaking of a challenge he faced):  “Though I suffered then, I am grateful now that there was not a quick solution to my problem.  The fact that I was forced to turn to God for help almost daily over an extended period of years taught me how to truly pray and get answers to prayer and taught me in a practical way to have faith in God.  I came to know my Savior and my Heavenly Father in a way and to a degree that might not have happened otherwise or that might have taken me much longer.  I learned that daily bread is a precious commodity.  I learned that manna today could be as real as the physical manna of biblical history.  I learned to trust in the Lord with all my heart.  I learned to walk with Him day by day.”
“Above all, remember that we have Him of whom manna was a type and symbol, the Redeemer.  ‘I am that bread of life.  Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.  I am the living bread which came down from heaven:  if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world’ (John 6:48-51).
Ultimately, it is the Savior’s Atonement and grace that is our daily bread”.

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