Give us day by day our daily bread (Luke 11:3, NKJV). The petition begins with the word give. Whether the word comes from the lips of a millionaire or an orphan in perpetual want, the prayer is at once an expression of dependence and acknowledgment of trust.
We are all dependent on God, and the imperative plea,
Give, forces us to recognize that God is the source of all gifts. He is the Creator. In Him we live, move, and have our being.
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves (Ps. 100:3, NKJV).
God is the Father who gives us all that we need. In light of this promise, what grand assurance can you find in Luke 11:9-13?
Forgive us our sins (Luke 11:4, NKJV). The prayer to forgive as
we also forgive (Luke 11:4, NKJV) emphasizes the fact that if we truly have accepted God’s forgiveness into our hearts, we will be ready and willing to forgive others also. Logically it also follows that if we do not forgive others, then we have not really accepted God’s forgiveness (Matt. 6:14).
God’s forgiveness is not merely a judicial act by which He sets us free from condemnation. It is not only forgiveness for sin, but reclaiming from sin. It is the outflow of redeeming love that transforms the heart.-Ellen G. White, Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, p. 114. Therefore, as disciples of Christ, we have the joy of living within the widening circle of divine grace-receiving God’s benevolence on the one hand as well as extending His love and forgiveness to others who may have offended us.
Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us (Luke 11:4, NKJV). Two facts need to be noted. First, temptation is not sin. The Greek word for
temptation is peirasmos. Greek nouns that end in -asmos normally describe a process, not a product. The Scriptures do not look at temptation as a finished product; it is a method, a process used to achieve a particular product. Although temptation is not sin, yielding to it is. Second, God is not the author of temptation (James 1:13). God may allow temptations to come, but He never tempts in the sense of alluring one to sin. The prayer, therefore, is recognition that God is the source of ultimate strength to resist the evil one.
Review Luke 11:1-4. Think about all the issues it covers. In what ways can your experience with each of these issues be enriched and deepened through prayer?