When Jesus said to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread" (Matt. 6:11), He was speaking to the critical issue of dependence. What, or who, are we dependent upon?
Are we dependent on our own ingenuity, hard work, investments, our education, job, retirement, our view of the future, our own wits, our self-determination, self-esteem, competitiveness, aggressiveness, our advanced degrees from esteemed institutions, or family pedigree, our status, popularity, charisma or fame?
Or, are we dependent on God alone?
One is repeatedly taught and modeled in Scripture. And the other is the darling of our fallen culture.