Theme: When You Prayer . . . Bread or Bailout to give up on or abandon something, as to evade a
Has it really sunk in what has happened this past year in the to bailout means to pay for the freedom of someone
economic crisis? Do you realize that this year in America, our who belongs in jail. There might be an application
government will borrow more money in 2009 than in the entire there!
previous two hundred year history of our nation combined? To bailout means to rescue someone from the
Our national debt this year will now reach twelve trillion dollars. consequences of their stupidity.
How much is 12 trillion dollars? Twelve trillion is a twelve with Then I found an interesting thing. When you add the word “up”
twelve zeros behind it. To get an idea of how much twelve to the word “bail” as they do in Australia it means:
trillion dollars is let’s say you’re a business person and you
started a business on the day Jesus Christ was born. bail up, Australian. a. to confine a cow for milking,
Christmas day two thousand and nine years ago. You’re not a as in a bail.
very good businessman so every day your business loses to force (one) to surrender or identify oneself or to
money. So every day you are going millions of dollars in debt. state one's business.
Do you know how many millions of dollars you would have to to waylay or rob (someone).
have lost every day since Jesus birth to equal one trillion
dollars? Well I did the math. Without adding in the interest you So any way you want to look at this to bail out or bail up is not
would have to go in debt $16364714.94. That’s how much a a real good term. No wonder people are worried and anxious
trillion dollars is. And our nation is twelve trillion dollars in and town hall meetings are out of control. If you don’t know
debt. God, you ought to be worried. Really! If you don’t have a
personal relationship with God, there’s every reason in the
Then a few months ago our Congress approved our first eight world to be worried. We haven’t been in this bad a shape as a
hundred billion dollar bailout. Who’s going to pay for that nation economically in our entire lifetimes. In seventy years –
bailout? You and I are! We’re going to pay for it with taxes. since the Great Depression.
You don’t just borrow it; somebody’s got to pay for it. In taxes
we’ll have to pay for it. But there is an answer to your anxiety. We are looking at the
Lord’s Prayer in these weekends together. We started a few
So I figured since you and I are paying for it, we ought to know weeks ago with “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be
the definition of “bailout.” Here is want I found. The definition of your name.” We asked the question: Whose Your Daddy? We
the bailout talked about the character of God as a Heavenly Father. We
discovered that a lot of people’s problems are really not with
To dip (water) out of a boat, as with a bucket. To clear God but with their earthly father. Then they lay what the
of water by dipping (usually fol. by out): to bail out a experienced with their earthly father on God. We discovered
boat. that God is competent, consistent, caring, and compassionate
the act of parachuting from an aircraft, esp. to escape a as a Father.
crash, fire, etc.
Then couple of weeks ago we looked the phrase that Jesus your mouth. I read this week about one guy who discovered
taught us to prayer in the Lord’s prayer: “Your kingdom as kid that you if you took the crust off of Wonder bread and
come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” We you smashed it down you could actually use it like silly putty
discovered that prayer does not begin with petitions for what and put it on the Sunday comics and pull it up and it had the
we need or want. It does not begin with believing God for image on it. Maybe that is why they called it Wonder bread.
something. It begins with bending our will to His will. We
discovered that when we bend our will to God’s will, we are But he Bible also says that bread is a metaphor for healthy
able to release control of things we cannot control - people, relationships. Bread is the symbol of fellowship, intimate
circumstances and things. We learned that we can learn to relationships. The bible talks about “breaking bread together.”
accept what we cannot change and become relatively content Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’
in this life And then we learned that we can release the future teaching, to the fellowship and the breaking of bread, and
and not obsessively worry about it. to prayer.” So it’s a part of fellowship. So we need
relationships, a family, a church family. We need each other to
Now we come to the part of the prayer in which Jesus taught be able to live in the way that God created us to live. So Jesus
to ask God for our needs. It’s only six words, Matthew 6:11 here is teaching us to pray for healthy intimate relationships.
“Give us today our daily bread.”
Bread also is a metaphor for our spiritual needs. We need
But what does Jesus mean when He teaches us to pray: salvation from sin that we can have a relationship with God
“Give us this day our daily bread.” Well in the bible “bread” and spend eternity with Him. We need forgiveness. We will talk
is a metaphor for several things. It is first a metaphor for our more about this in a couple of weeks. We need transformation.
physical needs. We need air, water, food to live. So bread We need to be changed. That is why Jesus came to earth. He
means anything that you need to live in this world and sustain knew we were spiritually dead and separated from God - that
physical life. That includes money and job. we need a Savior. He became that Savior through His death
on the Cross and His resurrection to new life. He said: “I am
Bread obviously is the universal staple food. You can find the Bread of Life.” A few days before going to the cross,
it in every single culture. It may be one of the oldest foods Jesus met with His disciples and celebrated the Jewish
known to mankind. Bread. It’s not that hard to make. You Passover. In that ceremony there was always the breaking of
just get some flower, some water, and add heat to it. You the bread and the prayers of thanksgiving for God’s provision
can find bread in every kind of culture. So it’s a universal of life’s needs. But on this particular night Jesus changed the
staple. whole ceremony. When he broke the bread He said: This is
my body (this bread) is my body which is broken for you.”
I read this week that sixty seven percent of kids don’t like He was saying that He is the bread of life that when broken on
crusts. So bakers are trying to figure out a way to make a the cross provides the way of salvation that brings us into right
crust-less bread so moms don’t have to cut the crust off. relationship with God and restores us to new life so that we
can please God and not have to be stuck in our sins.
Do you remember when there was not much more than
Wonder bread? You could take an entire slice and smash it So when Jesus teaches us to ask for bread, He is teaching us
down into a little ball about the size of marble and pop it in to ask for what we need physically - food water, money, job to
live life in this world, what we need relationally and emotionally ran out of food. Moses went to God and said: “We don’t have
- a sense of belonging and connectedness and what we need any food.” That is serious business when over 2 million people
spiritually - salvation. have no food. So God supplied manna. Do you know what
manna means? It means: “what is it?” It was called this
Most of the time we are asking God for physical needs - things because when the people first saw it they said: “What is it?” It
we think we need to have to live in this world. But how often do as the supply of food that God gave to the people each day to
you ask God to give you healthy relationships, intimate meet their physical needs. But the even though God supplied it
relationships? Have you asked God to give you spiritual life - like dew on the ground each morning - the people had to
to save you from your sins, to make you a new person, to gather it. They had to go get it.
forgive you and change you?
That is a lesson that some people have to learn. God will
When we begin to ask God for this kind of bread in these three provide a job, but you have to work. You have to go get it. You
areas of our life, Jesus instructs us by the words: “Give us this have to gather. God does not just drop it in your lap.
day our daily bread,” to realize three things. It can be summed
up in three words: source, trust and share. Let’s look at it. God provides healthy relationships, but you have to connect
and cultivate those relationships. If you run, hide, or isolate
1. God is the Source of Bread. yourself then it is not God’s fault - He has provided, but you
The word “give” indicates that we are asking God to give us
what He has to give. He is the source of the gift of life God provides a way of salvation, but it is not automatic either.
physically, relationally and spiritually. All of life is a gift from Just because Jesus died on the cross to save all of us, does
God. He provides everything that we need in every area of our not mean that all are going to be saved. God has provided, but
life. James says: “Every good and perfect gift is from God we must accept the provision, receive the gift of salvation.
above.” Philippians 4:19 says: “God will supply all that
you ever need from his glorious resources in Christ So God is the source of the bread of life physically, relationally
Jesus.” and spiritually. We are invited to ask for Him to give us this
bread. But then we must receive it, gather it, connect with it
Psalm 104 says this “The ocean teams with life of every and accept it. If you choose not to you will die physically,
kind both great and small. Every one of these depend on emotionally and spiritually.
you to give them daily food. You supply it and they gather
it.” Notice that last phrase: “you supply it and they gather it.” 2. We need to learn to Trust God for Bread
God supplies, but we have to respond to God’s supply. We
need to receive it, gather it. God provides, but we must Notice that this prayer says: “Give us ‘this day our daily
participate by doing something as well. It is not automatic. bread.’” Circle “this day” and “daily.” We are here asking God
to give us what we need for today and for the future days -
In the Old Testament there is the story of the children of Israel daily needs. Notice the Bible does not say, “Give us this
being delivered from Egyptian slavery and led by God out into day our monthly bread.” It doesn’t say, “Give us this day
the desert on the way to the Promise Land. In the desert they
our annual bread.” It doesn’t even say like a paycheck that you’re going to take care of me and do all the things you
“Give us this day our weekly bread.” promised to do.”
God takes care of the needs today and for the future. Our If my kids when they were small came to me and said, “Dad,
responsibility is to trust Him. The opposite of trust is to worry. we’re worried about the house.” You guys don’t have to worry
When I am say “worry” we are not referring concern or some about it. I’m going to pay for the house. “Dad, we don’t think
feeling of anxiety that comes with some crisis in our lives. We you can do that. And Dad we’re worried about whether we’re
feel it when we lose a job, our financial security. But obsessive going to have a meal tonight.” Don’t worry about it. I’ve got it
worry that is circular and all doom is the problem. We are not taken care of. “Dad, we don’t think you’re competent to take
to be obsessed with worry. care of that.”
Jesus says in Matthew 6:31-34, (NLT): “So don't worry When you worry you are acting like an orphan. You’re acting
about having enough food or drink or clothing. 32Why be like you don’t have a spiritual Father in heaven who cares.
like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these Who said, “I will give you whatever you need if you’ll trust me
things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your and you’ll ask. If you’ll depend on me.”
needs, 33and he will give you all you need from day to day
if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your The Bible says, “Don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God
primary concern. 34"So don't worry about tomorrow, for will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.”
tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is
enough for today.” 2. Pray about everything.
Philippians 4:6&8 “Don’t worry about anything; instead He says here’s the alternative: I don’t want you worrying. I
pray about everything. Tell God what you need, thanking want you praying. Worry about nothing, pray about everything.
him for all he has done… And fix your thoughts on what is
true and honorable and right. Think about these things Everything? Yep! Every single thing. God says here’s what
that are pure and lovely and admirable and excellent and you can do in life. You’ve got two choices. You can worry or
worthy of praise.” you can pray. And every day you’re doing one or the other.
Every time you worry, you’re not praying. And every time you
In this passage he gives us the four steps to trusting God for pray you’re not worrying. So you’ve got two choices. You can
today. either pray or panic. Or you can worry or you can worship.
You’re always going to be doing one or the other in life.
1. Worry about nothing. Talking to God about it or talking to yourself.
Why is worry such a big deal? Why does God say “I don’t But prayer can change things. If you prayed as much as you
want you worrying?” Every time you worry you’re saying, worried, if you prayed about all the things you worried about
“God, I don’t believe your promises. God, I don’t really believe you’d have a lot less to worry about. Those are your
you love me. God, I don’t believe you’ll take care of me. God, I alternatives. He says worry about nothing. Instead, pray
don’t believe you’ll meet all my needs. Father, I don’t believe about everything.
Romans 8:32 “Since God did not spare even his own Son This past four weeks there are have been a lot of challenges
for us [in other words he sent Jesus to die for us] but he that I have faced, just like you. I was all stressed out the other
gave him up for all of us, won’t he also surely give us day, when I realized that I had many things to be thankful for in
everything else?” God solved your biggest problem when he the midst of it. New location - answer to prayer; healthy
sent Jesus to die for you. Your biggest problem was getting grandson; answer to prayer in a man who lost his job got the
you into heaven. Paying for all your sins. Righting all your job back. But that takes some discipline. It did not change the
wrongs. If God loved you enough to send Jesus to die for stressors, but it brought a new perspective to my life. We learn
you, don’t you think he loves you enough to take care of all to thank God in all things. This leads to the fourth thing
these other problems? Every other problem in your life is
small potatoes after salvation. Once he’s come and saved 4. Think about the right things.
you, everything else is insignificant by comparison. So he’s
saying don’t worry, pray about everything. If God cared Worry about nothing, pray about everything, thank God in all
enough to die for you then he’s going to care enough to take things, think about the right things. What do you focus your
care of all your needs. Pray about everything. mind on? Whatever you put your mind on is what’s going to
get you. You fill you mind with worries, you’re going to be
The third thing he says in this verse is down, depressed, discouraged, defeated. You fill your mind
with the right things, you’re going to be lifted up, hopeful,
3. Thank God in all things. encouraged and positive. Think about the right things.
No matter what happens in this recession, no matter what Notice he gives us a list of things to think about. He says “Fix
happens in 2009, no matter even if you lose your job, no your thoughts on what’s true, honorable, right, what’s pure and
matter even if you lose your house – in all things he says give lovely and admirable, what’s excellent, what’s worthy of
Circle the word “in.” It doesn’t say, “For all things give thanks.” Where do you find things that are pure and lovely to think
It says “In all things give thanks.” You don’t have to be about? At the movies? I don’t think so, no. That’s not pure
thankful for bad things in your life. You should never be and lovely at the movies. On television, no. I don’t think so.
thankful for evil. You don’t have to be thankful for cancer or a Where are you going to find pure and lovely and honorable
car accident or a rape or war or abuse or any of those other thoughts?
bad things in life. That would be sick! God doesn’t say be
thankful for everything. There’s a lot of things that we hate in Right here in the truth of God. If you want to make it through
life, we dislike in life. But God says in everything give thanks. this recession, the more you fill your mind with this book, the
Why? Because I know that God’s going to take care of me. I more you’re going to be at peace. You need to read it, study
know he’s going to meet my needs. I know he’s going to help it, memorize it. Buy the Bible on CD and listen to it. Any way
me. I know that if I don’t worry but I trust him, I see him as my you can get it into your life, you fill your mind, you flood your
source and I trust him one day at a time, he’s going to take me mind. In your mind you’ve got this scale. On one side are all
through this. So I thank God in all things. the bad things that the world is telling you. On the other side
are all the good things that the word is telling you. You’re
going to base your life on the world or the word. The world or God says that if you will learn to share that God will then take
the word. care of your needs. Look at this amazing verse. Isaiah 58:7-9
(TEV) says: “Share your bread with the hungry and open
If you spend more time reading the paper than God’s word, your homes to the homeless poor. Give clothes to those
guess what you’re going to do? You’re going to be more who have nothing to wear, and do not refuse to help your
negative. It’s filled with bad news. You read the bad news or own relatives. Then my favor will shine on you like the
the good news. God says fill your mind with the word of God. morning sun, and your wounds will be quickly healed. I
You’ve got to get into the word. will always be with you to save you; my presence will
protect you on every side. And when you pray, I will
The Bible says this in Isaiah 26 “He [God] will keep in answer you.”
perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts
turn often to the Lord.” Do your thoughts turn often to the He says when I meet others’ needs he’ll take care of mine and
Lord? Or do you only think about him on Sundays? God makes five amazing promises. I want you to number
Where do your thoughts turn most often? To sex? To them on your outline. He says “Then my favor will shine on
People magazine? To making money? To impressing you like the morning sun.” That’s good. I get God’s favor in
other people? What do you think about the most? God my life. Two, “Your wounds will be quickly healed.” Wow! My
says if you want to have peace in the middle of tough financial wounds? Yeah. My emotional wounds? Yeah. My
times you’ve got to think about the word. relational wounds? Yeah. He says your wounds will be
healed quickly because you help somebody else. Then
3. We are to Share Bread number three he says, “I will always be with you to save you.”
That’s a good thing. Number four, “My presence will protect
Notice the words: “Us” and “Our.” It does not say: “Give me you on every side.” Wow! That’s good to know in a recession.
this day my daily bread.” There is a reason. Jesus teaches us And number five, “And when you pray I will answer you.”
that this is all in the family. We are to share with the family of
God and with others what we have been given. Five promises in the middle of a recession. When I meet
other’s needs God takes care of mine. The best time to learn
Isn’t that what families learn to do - share? Why do we need to to be generous, the best time to start tithing is in the middle of
share? I mean if I do that there might not be anything left for a drought, of a difficult time.
When we share God says that He will multiply what I give to
Friends, there is plenty to go around in this world - plenty for Him. Whatever I give to God he multiplies. We talked about
everyone. There is enough to supply the needs of every “Give us this day our daily bread,” The Bible says “Then cast
person. Now there is not enough to supply everybody’s greed - your bread upon the waters and after many days you’ll get
all their wants, but here is enough for everyone’s need. God is it back.” What in the world does that mean? Cast your bread
the supplier, but He is not always the distributor. He wants us upon the waters. It sounds like you’re going to have a soggy
to share what He has given to us. loaf of bread if I throw it on the water.
When I do some amazing things begin to happen.
It’s just an old expression. Just like we have the expression
“You’re pulling my leg!” It doesn’t mean you’re pulling my leg.
It means you’re kidding me. You’re putting me on.
“Cast your bread upon the waters and then you’ll get it
back,” is just this old principle that says whatever you
give to God he’s going to multiply and give back to you.
If I give God my talent, he’ll multiply my talent. If I give God my
energy, he’ll multiply my energy. If give God my time and I
start my day with a daily quiet time with him, he will multiply my
time. If I give God my money, he will multiply my money. If I
give God my relationships, he will multiply my relationships.
Whatever I give to God he’s going to multiply and give it back.
As go through this recession we’re going to go through it
together. We’re going to help each other out. When you go
through tough times we want to help you. When others are
going through tough times you’re expected to help them.
We’re going to hang together during this tough time.
I don’t know where you’re hurting today. You may be hurting
financially already. Some of you are I know. Some of you are
hurting from something way long in the past or an emotional
hurt or physical hurt. You’re going through a tough time right
now. Regardless of what you’re going through, I want to invite
you to become a part of a movement. A movement that says
we’re going to trust God even in tough times. I’m going to call
it the STS club. I’m going to See God as my source. I’m going
to Trust God for today. And I’m going to Share what he
(Some material adapted from a sermon by Dr. Rick Warren)