PRAY40: Our Daily Bread

This post is our fourth in a series of blogs encouraging our church during our PRAY40 initiative beginning on March 1st through April 9th. Join us each week in prayer on Wednesday nights and download our mobile app to receive daily prayer updates as we seek God together in prayer this spring.

In Matthew 6:11, Jesus continues the Lord’s prayer with this request: “Give us this day our daily bread…” While it would be tempting to think that this verse is only about physical food, Scripture teaches that the Kingdom of God is about much more than simply eating and drinking (see Romans 14:17). We see here that even Jesus, who was without sin, displays his utter reliance on God the Father to sustain His physical life. The “daily bread” that Jesus mentions is a request for the Father to provide for our most basic needs for the day. This should stretch far beyond our immediate needs for food and point us to a complete and total dependency on God for even our very breath (Acts 17:25).

Lord, Give Us Our Daily Bread…

When Jesus modeled this prayer, His disciples and Jewish listeners would have likely thought back to their forefathers being miraculously fed for forty years with manna in the wilderness. In Exodus 16, God instructs the grumbling Israelites to go out each day and gather only enough manna and quail needed for that day. The result was that some gathered more and some gathered less, but each family had no lack. In this daily miracle of provision, the Israelites were meant to learn firsthand that God is faithful to His people and that He alone is able to supply our every need. God wanted the Israelites to know that it was not ultimately manna or bread that sustained them. These things provided them with physical nourishment, but God Himself watched over them and sustained them in the harsh wilderness.

How does this apply to us today? Ask yourself whether you truly believe that your life is sustained by anything other than the provision and goodness of our God. Our comfort should never be found in the amount of money in our bank account, the comfort of our homes, or the food on our table. Instead, we ought to turn our hearts in gratitude to our Father who is the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). As we think on our “daily bread” this week, ask God to give you a heart full of gratitude. Acknowledge that He alone is the source for everything from your daily essentials to your very life and breath.

 


 Read Scripture:  Read John 6:31-35, 47-51. Jesus proclaims that He is the Bread of Life – the true fulfillment of the manna that God sent the Israelites in the wilderness. In verses 49-51, Jesus says: “Your Fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
 Reflect & Pray: As New Testament believers, we ought to give God all the praise and glory for giving us the very bread of life. Simply recognizing that God is our Savior and Sustainer for both physical and spiritual life is one of the more humble prayers that we can pray. Not only does God our Father give us enough to eat for each day, but He also provides our souls with what we are most in need of: the very Bread of Life, Jesus our Lord. He is our sustenance and the greatest gift of all.