“Give us this day, our daily bread…” Most of us are familiar with the Lord’s prayer, and we often take this section to mean, “Give me the things that I need to survive… food, clothing, housing, etc.” Or for some it is easier translated, “Give me the things I (think I) need!”
However, Jesus calls Himself the bread of life (Jn. 6:35), and so in a very real sense this prayer could be translated what Kings Kaleidoscope sang in one of my favorite songs, “His Kingdom come, His will be done on earth as is above/ Who is Himself our daily bread, praise Him the Lord of love…” Jesus, is indeed, our true daily bread.
This Sunday I walked out of the pulpit feeling rather discouraged. It was a feeling I’ve wrestled with in the past, and it was back again. As I went home and told Natalie about this, I threw in a little note at the end of the conversation, “I also haven’t spent much time in the Word or prayer the past couple of days.”
Who is Himself our daily bread… I was wrestling with some that usually is satisfied in Jesus, my daily bread. I was “hungry” for something that I know in my heart can actually only be satisfied in Him. I allowed the busy Friday, and the busy weekend to push out my devotional times, which, lead to me being hungry. This lead to me wanting food. And this lead to me trying to find it in other places.
Maybe you’re not as weak as I am, but I would assume we all fall victim to this. After all, we’re all human, so we all need to eat, and if we don’t consume Jesus, something else will come in. Will it be healthy though? Or will it lead to more malnourishment that can quickly turn us into an idolater in the deepest sense if one is not careful?
Jesus is our daily bread. Make sure you take the words of Jesus seriously, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Spend time consuming Him, or else the world and the worries of the heart will consume you.