Saturday March 16, 2019
Today’s Focus The Second section of the Lord’s prayer
Today’s Scripture Reading Matthew 6:19-34
19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[e] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Daily Reflection Luther’s explanation on the 2nd of three petitions of the Lord’s prayer
The Fourth Petition
Give us today our daily bread.
What does this mean?
In fact, God gives daily bread without our prayer, even to all evil people, but we ask in this prayer that God cause us to recognize what our daily bread is and to receive it with thanksgiving.
When then does “Daily bread mean?”
Everything included in the necessities and nourishment for our bodies, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, farm, fields, livestock, money, property, and upright spouse, upright children, upright members of the household, upright and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, decency, honor, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.
The Fifth Petition
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
What does this mean?
We ask in this prayer that our heavenly Father would not regard our sins nor deny these petitions on their account, for we are worthy of nothing for which we ask, nor have we earned it. Instead we ask that God would give us all things by grace, for we sin daily and indeed deserve only punishment. So, on the other hand, we, too, truly want to forgive heartily and to do good gladly to those who sin against us.
The Sixth Petition
Save us from the time of trial.
What does this mean?
It is true that God tempts no one, but we ask in this prayer that God would preserve and keep us, so that the devil, the world, and our flesh may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great and shameful sins, and that, although we may be attacked by them, we may finally prevail and gain the victory.
Some questions for reflection
- What are some of your “daily breads” that you might take for granted?
- If we truly believe that all our sins find forgiveness in the cross of Jesus Christ, why does it seem so difficult for us to allow ourselves to actually feel forgiven?
- In your own life, what makes it so difficult to forgive people who have sinned against you?
Today’s discipleship challenge
- Talk within your group or with someone you trust about the challenges of feeling forgiven by God and sharing forgiveness with others. Be as honest as you can be knowing that our God knows our hearts, feels our pains, and loves us all!
Gracious God, have mercy on me. I confess that I have turned from You and given myself into the power of sin at various times on this day. I am truly sorry and humbly repent. In Your compassion forgive my sins, those I know about and those that are unknown. Turn my heart again to You and uphold me by Your loving Spirit, so that I may live and serve You in newness of life through Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord. Amen.