"Daily Bread", Plenty Enough: Practicing Prayer (2)

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Prayer (2): “Daily Bread”, Plenty Enough
Christ Church, Mountain Top
Psalm 104 (selections)
Exodus 16
Message, Matthew
6.5-13, 31-34; Matthew 14.14-21
Prayer – Our Father
      Last week: Our Father … on earth, as it is
in heaven
      Practice: how we are transformed
      Post the Lord’s Prayer, pray it daily (or
      Pray with your body – hands raised –
praise, priority
of the prayer
      3 petitions (name, kingdom, will)
      3 petitions (food, forgiveness,
      In the middle: “On earth as it is in
“On earth, as it is in heaven”: Spiritual
versus Spirtualizing
      So heavenly minded as to be no earthly
            I’m thirsty … for the Lord (Michael
            It’s windy today … the wind blows …
so is everyone …
      But we believe in resurrection – not just immortality
of soul
      And, believe in creation – “it is good”
      Timothy Keller: the most material of faiths
… spiritual, not spiritualizing
      Translation of “epiousion” (daily) (Peterson,
            A “Holy Ghost” word?
                  (500 of the 5000 words in the
NT were unique)
            “supersubstantial” (Origen)
            Oxyrhynchus, 1897
                  Daily = today’s, fresh

Enough, “today’s bread”
      Discernment: need vs want
      Anxiety: we do not need tomorrow’s bread
      Uncertain future AND confidence today
      “Your Father knows what you need before
you ask him” (Mt 6.8)
      “Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Mt
            George Muller, milk truck
      Enough – Debt?
Plenty, “fresh bread”
      Feeding 5000 …
            Only 12 baskets of leftovers … not
much, actually (necessity)
      What is enough for one is multiplied to be
enough for 5000+
            “You give them something to eat”
      Plenty – Prosperity? (more)
Work – God’s top way to provide our
daily bread (& bread for others)
      Built into rhythm of creation – work/sabbath
            “on earth as it is in heaven”
      Forget that it is a gift
            To be able to work
            To have a job
            To enjoy the people you work with
and the work you do
      Forget that it is a gift, and become
dependent – on effort, boss
      This prayer re-orders our relationship
with work
work blessing (Psalm 90:17)
May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of
our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.
A success prayer (1
Chronicles 4:10, of Jabez)
Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be
with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.

      Eugene H. Peterson. 2006. Eat This Book: A conversation in the art of
spiritual reading.
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.