Amy Juett, from Calamus Mom, rejoins us today and tackles the next word in The Lord’s Prayer series, “this day,” for this week’s edition of Word Nerd Wednesday.
I’ve enjoyed following along on Word Nerd Wednesdays as we’ve looked at the Lord’s Prayer. Today, I’m excited to delve into Matthew 6:11. This verse marks the point at which the Lord’s prayer turns from adoration and reverence of God to seeking help with personal needs. It is in this verse we find this week’s word/phrase “this day.”
“Give us this day our daily bread.”
This Day = Only Today
This day is not yesterday…We leave the past behind us as we stand in forgiveness and grace. Our focus is not on what we could of, should of, or would of done differently if we had a chance at a do-over of yesterday.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”
Isaiah 43:18 (NIV)
This day is not tomorrow…We do not let the worries of the future cloud our sight of the present. Our request is not for strength, nourishment, and help for tomorrow, next month, or next year. It is for today.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
This day is only today…As we approach the throne of God, we ask for what it is we need in the here and now. Our strength for this day. Our nourishment for this day. Our help for this day.
As John Wesley puts it, “We are to take no thought of the morrow. For this very end has our wise Creator divided life into these little portions of time, so clearly separated from each other, that we might look on every day as a fresh gift from God, another life, which we may devote to His glory; and that every evening may be as the close of life, beyond which we are to see nothing but eternity.”
This day = Each Day
Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer phrases this part of the prayer a bit differently than Matthew’s. He records it as:
“Give us day by day our daily bread.”
Luke 11:3 (KJV)
We are not limited to asking only on one day, but we are welcomed to talk to the Father in Heaven about our needs “day by day.” It doesn’t matter if we asked for strength yesterday; we can come to him for strength again on this day and again on the next day.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
Lamentations 3:22-24 (NIV)
Today is the day!We are not limited to asking only on one day, but we are welcomed to talk to the Father in Heaven about our needs “day by day.” @calamusmom #wordnerdwednesday #thisday Click To Tweet
This Day is the Day
Today we have the opportunity to come before the Lord with our praises, our requests, our desires. We don’t have to bring yesterday’s concerns or tomorrow’s worries. We simply bring our need for him for today, this very day, before the throne of grace. He is there and ready with his mercies new every morning.
What is it you need for this day? Go ahead, take it to him.
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”
Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)What is it you need for this day? Go ahead, take it to him in prayer. #thisday #wordnerdwednesday @calamusmom Click To Tweet
Hi! I’m Amy, a daughter of God and a native of the Nebraska Sandhills. I am married to my college sweetheart, and we are living the life of little sleep with three young children. From time to time we also welcome foster children into our family and love them as our own for however long they stay with us.
We live in what was my grandparents’ house overlooking the Calamus River. Around the place we have twenty-three chickens, three Labrador Retrievers (more when we have puppies), a pony, and whatever bugs the children find to put in their bug box.
My days are filled with laundry, messes, cooking, homeschooling our oldest, and more laundry. When I’m not immersed in one of those, I enjoy writing, reading, crafty projects, dabbling in photography especially nature, and participating in whatever adventure my husband has dreamed up for our family.
I am passionate about encouraging and equipping in their faith and for the journey of motherhood. In that vein, I share devotionals and blog about motherhood over at Calamus Mom and am active on Facebook. I’d love to connect with you on either or both of those and hear what God is teaching you.