“Give Us this Day our Daily Bread”
11အသက်မွေးလောက်သောအစာကို အကျွန်ုပ်တို့အား ယနေ့ပေးသနားတော်မူပါ။(Burmese)
11 ကိၣ် လၢတနံၤအဂီၢ်တနံၤအဂီၢ်န့ၣ် ဟ့ၣ်လီၤလၢ်ပှၤလၢမုၢ် မဆါတနံၤအံၤတက့ၢ်. (Karen)
11Ni fate kan herhmi rawl cu nihin zongah hin kan pe tuah. (Hahka)
11 Anhte hta ra ai lusha, dai ni anhte hpe jaw mi; (Kachin)
Matthew 6:11Give us today our daily bread. (Judson)
Our Lord taught us this prayer to remind us of the manna in the desert, the oil and flour for the Zarephath widow and the 5,000 out of 5 (five loaves & two fish). We look around ourselves and think, there is not going to be enough for me. How will I survive. If they get some there will not be enought for me. Our hearts become callous toward the poor or the third world individual, and we forget, the manna. God is greater. He made it all, he can and does sustain it all.
The “us” in this prayer is not by mistake. We need to gather in our Christian community and pray for one another. By doing so we obey God, sustain one another and become open to how we can be part of the solution. When we pray such a prayer alone we lose perspective, become susceptible to discouragement and hear the noisy lies of the evil one. Become a part of two or three, starting daily with the family at home, and pray.
Some of you, my Burmese readers, have been told you will be out of work in a couple of months. I want to encourage you to pray “Give us this day our daily bread”. I would like to testify that two years ago when I was out of work, my prayer was for our daily bread. I asked my friends to pray with me. Then God provided for our family. He is my sustenance. He not only provides daily bread or rice but health, clothing, transportation, and housing. Then, yesterday I was hired into a permanent position with the local community college. God provided. He did it for me, He will do it for you!