“Give us this day our daily bread.”
That’s a line, of course, from the Lord’s Prayer, one of the first things church-going kids memorize. But like so many of the teachings of Jesus, this didn’t just spring out of thin air. In fact, the request for “daily bread” was already part of the Hebrew Scriptures with which Jesus would have been familiar, and interestingly is part of a prayer to be kept free from both poverty and riches.
Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the LORD ?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.
Proverbs 30: 8-9
I wonder how many of us realize that when we pray as Jesus taught us to pray, we are praying that we be given neither poverty nor riches? I doubt that notion would go over well in the “Prosperity Gospel” movement.