“Give us this day our daily bread.” Mt. 6:11
“And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35
“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”” Mt. 4:4
“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”” John 6:51
Countless people, Christians and not, maybe even yourself included, are familiar with the so-called “Lord’s Prayer” yet may have thought more of “our Father” and “our daily bread” than we have considered it in very personal terms whereby we are praying to “my Father” and asking for “my daily bread”.
Many of us have spoken that prayer in groups of people, or even when alone using the words “give us” and “our daily bread.” But how much more personal and intimate it is when we alone are speaking to God alone and asking Him to “give me” what? “My daily bread”.
Suddenly it’s not about all the people around us. Nor about the Lord providing for everyone. It’s about a one-on-one, intimate, personal relationship between me and God. And between you and God. The relationship we can only have when we repent from a lifestyle of sin and place our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord who died on the cross for us and was raised from the dead.
What are we asking God for when we ask for bread? Physical provision only? No! Jesus Christ describes Himself as the “bread of life.” Are we not then asking for more of Jesus? For more partaking of Him? For more of God’s Word, the Bible, more learning and understanding it and living by it? For more loving Him, knowing Him, more fellowship with Him, deeper relationship with Him, greater communing with Him, more learning of Him, more learning from Him, more Jesus quenching our thirst, being closer to Him and Him to us, more drawing near to Him and Him to us, more communion with Him, more understanding Him, more obedience to Him, more receiving God’s wisdom, more of the Lord’s love, more direction from Him, more becoming like Him, more being transformed by Him, more, more, more of Jesus? Is this not true intimacy with Christ?
May we genuinely hunger and thirst for more of the Lord Jesus Christ and more of God’s Word, the Bible, in our hearts, our minds, our lives, our actions, and more living to love and glorify God through Christ day by day as the Lord gives us the daily bread of and in and through and for the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!
Please note this is a revised edition. In the original edition, I wrongly described some of the original Greek words and their translation and thereby used a wrong premise for the devotional above. The Lord used a friend to bring correction, I did some more research, and wrote the new edition above. Thank you for your forgiveness, patience, & understanding!