Sermon Discussion: 3-7-21

Give Us Today Our Daily Bread
Passage: Matthew 6:11

Gathering Question
Share a bread that brings back good memories.

Gathering Prayer

Overview:
The sermon this week focused on Matthew 6:11: Give us today our daily bread.

Bread plays an important role in the scriptures. In the Old Testament as God was leading the Israelites out of Egypt, the people immediately forgot the faithfulness of God; instead, they began to grumble and complain.

  • Why do you think the Israelites were so quick to forget God’s faithfulness?
  • Why is it so easy for us to forget God’s blessings when new challenges arise?
  • God provided the Israelites with their most basic everyday need – bread from heaven called manna.
  • As a group, list 20 everyday blessings we often take for granted.
  • What are some things we can do to remember the countless blessings we enjoy every day?

God instructed the Israelites to go out each morning and gather just enough manna for that day.  When they tried to gather more than one day’s supply, the extra manna spoiled before the next morning.

  • How did the fact that the manna only lasted one day help teach the Israelites to trust God?
  • How do you think that ties in to Jesus teaching us to pray, “Give us our daily bread”?

In Matthew 6:32 Jesus says that our Heavenly Father already knows what we need. How does that promise help us trust God more?

  • What does it say to us about the difference between our needs and our wants?
  • The word “our” in the line “Give us our daily bread” reminds us that God wants us to pray for our own needs, as well as the needs of others.
  • Why is it hard for some of us to pray for our own needs?
  • How have you experienced God providing your needs?
  • How do you think God feels when he provides for your needs?
  • How have your needs changed over the years?
  • How have you experienced God’s unchanging faithfulness?
  • How could Martin Luther’s idea of rephrasing The Lord’s Prayer into our own words deepen its meaning for us?

What has the sermon and this discussion taught you about prayer?

Closing Prayer      
Share one concern you would like others to pray for you about or pray with you about.

Pray The Lord’s Prayer by having the leader pray it aloud one line at time, pausing after each line to allow everyone in the group to silently rephrase it in their own words.

      Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come, they will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

      Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.

      And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

      For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.
Amen.