Give us today our daily bread….
While this is how most Bibles read, I think a better translation of the Greek text would be, “Give us tomorrow’s bread today.”
You see, Jesus was not just telling us to pray for our daily needs – granted, there’s nothing wrong with praying for our daily food.
It’s just that it is not everything.
Jesus was telling his followers to pray for the Messianic Bread. The bread that will be served during the Wedding Feast of the End. This is a reference to the manna which God used to support the Israelites in the desert during the Exodus. Jesus called himself the “Bread of Life” in John 6:35-40
Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
“Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.”
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
When we pray this prayer, we as asking for the promise of the Age to Come to enter into this world right now. We as asking for Jesus to come.