Prayer: Thanks, God, for everything. Amen
Reading: Luke 11:1-4 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
On Tuesdays this summer at Camp Mount Luther, we will be thinking about what God gives us. God’s gifts to us are evidence that His is A Love that Never Ends. We will pray every day. This day we will pay close attention to Give us today our daily bread.
For our devotions today, let’s consider Martin Luther’s commentary on this part of the Lord’s Prayer.
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.
He goes on to explain what “daily bread” means.
Everything included in the necessities and nourishments for our bodies, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, farm, livestock, an 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. (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, pp. 1163 f.)
Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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