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Sermon 02-01-15: “Basic Training, Part 4: Give Us This Day”

February 11, 2015

Basic Training Series

Today’s sermon focuses on the petition, “Give us this day our daily bread.” This is the part of the Lord’s Prayer with which we’re most comfortable: asking God to give us things. But notice where in the prayer the petition falls: after we’ve spent time worshiping and adoring our Father and committing ourselves to his will. Also, notice the petition for bread is small, humble. How easy is it for us to take for granted that everything—large and small—comes to us as a gift from God?

Sermon Text: Matthew 6:9-15

Today is Super Bowl Sunday. Last week’s Super Bowl news had to do with “Inflate-gate.” This week’s news was all about Seattle Seahawks’ star running back Marshawn Lynch. Last Tuesday, during the Seahawks’ “media day,” all the team’s players were contractually obligated to appear before the media and answer questions about the game. Lynch showed up for media day, but it turns out he’s apparently media shy. He was only there because the NFL would fine him something like $100,000 if he didn’t show up. He showed up all right! But that’s about all he did. To every reporter’s question, he gave the exact same answer: “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.” “So how do you feel going up against that tough Patriots defense?” “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.” “So what’s it like appearing in your second consecutive Super Bowl?” “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.”

"I'm just here so I won't get fined."

“I’m just here so I won’t get fined.”

No matter the question, he gave the same response. Twenty-nine times he said those same words. At some point, you’d think the reporters would take a hint: he’s not going to give them what they’re asking for!

The good news is that our heavenly Father is not like Marshawn Lynch. When Jesus teaches his disciples to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” he’s giving us permission to ask our Father to give us what we want and need. Not only that, we ought to expect a positive response to our asking!

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