The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:
Elder D. Todd Christofferson
Thoughtful planning and preparation are key to a rewarding future, but we do not live in the future—we live in the present.
It is day by day that we work out our plans for the future; it is day by day that we achieve our goals. It is one day at a time that we raise and nurture our families. It is one day at a time that we overcome imperfections. We endure in faith to the end one day at a time. It is the accumulation of many days well lived that adds up to a full life and a saintly person. So, we must strive to live well day by day.
Included in the Lord’s Prayer is the petition “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). I believe that we would all readily acknowledge that we have needs each day that we want our Heavenly Father’s help in dealing with. Jesus is teaching us that we should look to God each day for the bread—the help and sustenance—we require in that particular day. The Lord’s invitation to seek our daily bread at our Heavenly Father’s hand speaks of a loving God, aware of even the small, daily needs of His children and anxious to assist them, one by one.