Give us this day our daily bread.
Bread, by a common and natural figure, signifies the necessaries of life.
I. We are to make that the only subject of our prayers, which religion allows us to desire.
(1) The gospel, not the
(2) insatiate appetites of men, is to be the measure of their wants.
(3) A Christian must not by prayer seek for anything which is contrary to his holy profession to enjoy.
II. This petition for daily bread shows the true measure of Christian philosophy.
1. It requires us to restrain our wishes by our wants, which are both few and easily supplied.
2. God allows us to ask nothing of Him, but what we may with purity desire, and with innocence enjoy.
3. Religion makes us truly rich in making us temperate, content, and independent. True happiness of man consists not in the extent of possession, but in the restraint of desire.
Parallel VersesKJV: Give us this day our daily bread.