Luther: The Fourth Petition

Give us this day our daily bread.

LutherWhat does this mean?

God certainly gives daily bread without our prayer, even to all the wicked; but we pray in this petition that He would lead us to acknowledge this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.

What is meant by daily bread?

Daily bread includes everything needed for this life, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, fields, cattle, money, goods, God-fearing spouse and children, faithful ser­vants and rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, order, honor, true friends, good neighbors, and the like.

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