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Luke’s Gospel (11:1-4)

Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial.

Luke’s rendition is shorter than Matthews’ (but longer than Mark’s and John’s as they did not include this prayer in their gospel accounts). Luke does not mention God’s home, his will or deliverance from evil. You might wonder how two Gospel-writers can give us differing versions of the Lord’s Prayer. Both writers drew from the same source-material, but what is important is that there is no conflict.

As the people of Israel relied on God’s provision of manna in the wilderness so we are called to rely on God for the things we need. What we want may not necessarily the same as what we need. The translation yesterday can be forgiven for suggesting that God might not want to give us any more than we need.

If you give to others, you will be given a full amount in return. It will be packed down, shaken together, and spilling over into your lap. The way you treat others is the way you will be treated.

Luke 6:38

Our heavenly Father knows our needs, and we acknowledge before God our dependence on him. God is generous and he does not want us to live a subsistence life. He does care about our generosity to others, though. The poor are always with us, said Jesus. Perhaps we can remember our lack of generosity and also pray for those agencies that seek to feed the hungry.

How prepared am I to promote the well-being of people around the world by the choices I make in purchasing food?

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Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.