The Lord’s Prayer is complete. It is whole and it is Holy. There is nothing that needs to be added, and there is nothing that needs to be taken away from it. It is the pinnacle of perfection, and the exact words that we need to say to our Father when we bow down to pray.
Give us this day our daily bread.
The verse above lingered in my head, and then crystalized when I meditated on the scripture that tells us that God will not give us a stone if we ask for bread.
However, George McDonald says something curious about this verse – He says that God will sometimes give his children a stone if they are insistent on trying one. And, I can personally testify that I have asked God for many stones… and I have received a few, and cried crocodile tears when He has denied me the stone I desired.
Sometimes we want things that bring great sorrow, not knowing what the outcome will be. In our blindness and lack of discernment we believe it will bring us joy.
Our desires can be our demise.
But Jesus also knew that our desires can be our demise, which is why He taught us how to pray… Give us this day our daily bread. He knows that it’s bread we need – not stones. And when we ask for bread…. God will not give us a stone.