"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen" Matthew 6:9-13 KJV “
On to my favorite topic, food! Verse 11 says "Give us this day our daily bread". I don't know about you but I could never do the Adkins diet, I love bread way too much. I believe God shares this love with me because the word bread is mentioned over 300 times in the bible. Looking into this verse, I have been asking God to reveal to me what our daily bread pertains to. Is He speaking about food, or is He speaking about His truth. After much research and prayer the answer is C, all of the above.
I love that He does speak of the kind of bread that tastes so good, especially when it comes out of the oven and is dripping with melting butter. In Matthew 6:25-26 He tells us not to worry about what we will eat. He is a God who is concerned for our needs and will supply them so we need not worry.
In 1 Corinthians 11:23-24, Paul tells us how Jesus displayed the bread the night He was betrayed. Jesus took it and told them that the bread was a symbol of His body. Jesus said to eat the bread and to remember Him as they did. If you read the paragraph before, Paul tells us what it means to come together as a church, as a family. In verses 17-22 Paul asks us to search our hearts before we eat. He tells us that we need to understand that if we come together as a family or as a church family to eat the bread, and have divisions among one another, we do so guilty of the body and blood of the Lord (v 27).
Verses 21-22 (NASB) says "Therefore, when you meet together, it is not to eat the Lord's supper, for in your eating each one takes his own supper first; and one is hungry and another is drunk." Bottom line, why do we come to church and eat bread together while our lives outside of that couple hour span is a train wreck. Though eating bread is a symbol, it is one of complete surrender. I urge you, as Paul has, before you eat of this bread which is a symbol of life, take a survey of your life and of your heart. Ask God to cleanse you and rid you of your yolks of bondage. And yes, someone rubbing you the wrong way, even at church, is a yolk of bondage. God never intended the Christian life together to be anything but good. I can't imagine how sad it makes Him to see churches that cannot humble their hearts to love one another through grace.
In Matthew 4:4, the bible tells us how Jesus went into the wilderness and was tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights so I would say He was pretty hungry. Before I go on, did you catch that, Jesus was in the wilderness. God uses the wilderness as a class room, so stop feeling sorry for yourself when you enter that classroom and open your heart, ears, and eyes to God's lesson. Ok, back to Jesus, after His fast, Satan told Jesus to turn the rock into bread in which Jesus replied "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."
John 6:35 says "Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst." In this case He is speaking on spiritual food. If you claim to have a relationship with Christ, yet do not get into His word, you must be starving. John 1:1 says that God is the word, so if we don't read the word, we aren't in relationship with Him. In verse 11, it is requesting that God give us our daily bread. We are asking Him to speak to us, to tell us where to go and what to do, but you won't hear Him if you aren't listening. So dust off those bibles and get to communicating. There's a whole lot of bread waiting for you, and guess what, no carbs. Let's pray:
"Dear heavenly Father, thank You for covering all of our needs. We tend to try to make our wants fall into the need category, but thank You for knowing what we do need and for sometimes blessing us with what we don't. Your word tells us not to stress about anything and I for one am so grateful that I can eliminate the unnecessary stress in my life and know that You are on it. I pray for everyone reading this today that You may make us aware of any grievance we may have with one another and help us to love in grace as. Thank You for Your unfailing love. I pray these requests in Jesus name ~ Amen"