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Bread, Anyone?

bread“Give us this day our daily bread.” We’ve all prayed this prayer just like Jesus taught his disciples to (Matthew 6:9-13). For years I always thought about this in terms of our food for the table, but lately I’ve been thinking of it as all that we truly need to sustain us. Jesus walked this earth as a human, and He knows what we need as humans. For our Father knows all that we need before we even ask Him (Matthew 6:8).

He knows that we need more than food to enjoy this “life more abundantly” that He paid such a high price for on the cross. In John 10:10 Jesus tells us that He came to give us life to the full. He knows how He has wired us as humans to need the sustaining bread of healthy relationships, the bread of clear daily direction, and the bread of a peace-filled mind. And just like warm, fresh bread tastes so much better than crusty, old dry bread, our Lord is calling us to DAILY fresh bread. Daily fresh time spent with Him in His presence and in His Word. His mercies truly are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).

Sometimes at the end of a very long day, I lay in my bed in the dark, singing the old song from Annie: “The sun’ll come out tomorrow . . . betcha bottom dollar that tomorrow . . . ” As salty tears run down my cheeks, I am so relieved to know that as surely as the sun will rise, His mercies will be there for me. Not only does He provide the bread we need, His Word tells us that He is the bread.

Jesus said, “For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

“Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.”

Then Jesus declared,”I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never grow hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:33-35).

The Jewish people knew the story of how their ancestors had been fed from God as He sent down manna from heaven. And now they were encountering God’s only beloved Son . . . His Son that could forever sustain them. Relationship with our Lord sustains us and causes our lives to overflow. Let us taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalms 34:8)!

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