Matt. 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
I learned a lot about total dependence on the Lord from reading the sermons of Jonathan Edwards. One of my favorites of his sermons was written in his earliest days of his ministry, ‘God Glorified in Man’s Dependence’. We need the Lord in every arena of our lives, not just when we are in trouble, but in our everyday experiences. Like we depend on air moment by moment, water several times throughout the day, and our daily bread; we are in constant need of the Lord every moment of our lives. This great need only comes by revelation, and is quite humbling but profoundly liberating at the same time. I wonder if this is why there seems to be more females in churches, they are not quite as threatened by total dependency. Jesus taught us this lesson in His teaching about prayer, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on today’s verse.
“This hourly dependence our Lord is determined that we shall feel and recognize, for he only permits us to pray for daily bread, and only promises that as our days our strength shall be. Is it not best for us that it should be so, that we may often repair to his throne, and constantly be reminded of his love? Oh! how rich the grace which supplies us so continually, and doth not refrain itself because of our ingratitude! The golden shower never ceases, the cloud of blessing tarries evermore above our habitation. O Lord Jesus, we would bow at thy feet, conscious of our utter inability to do anything without thee, and in every favor which we are privileged to receive, we would adore thy blessed name and acknowledge thine unexhausted love.”
Our needing God actually brings great glory to God. My greatest need and dependency is for my happiness, happiness that is not based on by circumstances, accomplishments, or expectations. God Himself is my treasure and my joy, I am utterly dependent on Him for my satisfaction in life. When God satisfies me then God is glorified. He is greater than earthly treasures, friends, endowments, inheritances, even family. All of these things are temporary and at best point to the greater treasure we find in Christ. He alone meets the deepest needs of the human heart.