“Give us this day our daily bread.” Recently I have started to pray this, considering the words of Jesus, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me (and to “finish his work”).” – John 4:34 This part of the “Lord’ prayer,” immediately follows “Thy will be done, on earth as in heaven.” It makes sense (to me) that after expressing a desire and articulating a submission of the will, to God, that one, the one praying, would request opportunities, or opportunity, to do his will. For me, it is the logical next step (in a spiritual, or theological framework of understanding), to submitting one’s will to God – to then ask for opportunity, as “soul food,” to complete our part in accomplishing his will, here on earth. Often, that might manifest itself in concrete practical opportunities each day. But recognizing the authorship of God over and in our lives, in prayer, and specifically, in the Lord’s prayer, and through and from praying it, removes from us the “undue burden,” if you will, of inventing or creating opportunities to “do his will,” that were never of His design, or intention, in the first place. “Thy will be done” articulates a submission, when sincerely prayed, of the human will, to the Father’s. Even Jesus prayed this on the night in which he was betrayed by Judas into the hands of sinners, when he was in the Garden of Gethsemane. It was not his desire to go to the cross. He was not a masochist. Yet, he prayed, “Not my will, but Thine be done.” To the Father. Jesus’ own will was distinct, and separate, from the Father’s (separate in that it was its own entity). With sweat, and tears, Jesus’, trembling, knowing what was about to, or was, in fact, very possible that it occur, prayed, “Abba, Father, if you are willing, take (remove) this cup from me. Nevertheless (ESV rendition – (I don’t know the Greek)), not my will, but yours, be done.” In the gospel account as told by Luke. It was a very real crisis for him. Jesus identifies with us in that.
As he is struggling, there, praying, that part of the narrative, says, “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling to the ground.” You see, or you can imagine, the “affect,” it was having on him, as a person. A very real crisis, and he is experiencing emotions and internal conflict in a very palpable way.
In going to the cross, Jesus denied himself, to the very end, of his life’s mission, or call, here on earth, by fulfilling what the Father, his Father, willed, that he fulfill. And that was his “bread,” or, more aptly termed, and actually employed in the narrative, as a term, “his cup.”