Give us this day
our daily bread.

The term ”bread”, as an elementary source of nourishment, is commonly used as a synonym for sustenance and survival (a few hundred years ago there were no potatoes or rice in Europe or the Near East). Accordingly, it also means:

  • Lord, give, that we might have food,
  • Lord, give, that we might have work,
  • Lord, give, that we might have a dwelling.
It goes without saying that it doesn´t mean, Lord, give us... while we lazily lie on the sofa and watch the boob tube.

But we needn´t labor, or carry around our burdens...when we can cast them upon the Lord.

- and we´ll be free for God and for others.