Last night I was thinking about the Lord’s Prayer, that famous prayer so many of us have memorized from Matthew 6 – and I got hung up on one line.
Give us this day our daily bread. Daily. Think about it. That’s important.
It doesn’t say weekly. It doesn’t say “Let us continue eating from the bread that you served to us this past week at fellowship…”
It says daily. Just as when God rained down manna from Heaven to sustain the Israelites – they had to gather it daily. They were told to gather what they needed for that day only, with the exception of the sixth day, then they were allowed to gather enough for the Sabbath as well.
It was a daily trusting of God. They could not store up extra on one day so that they wouldn’t have to gather it the next. When they tried it bred worms and rotted. No, the Father required them to go and seek His provision each day anew.
God required daily faith. Daily movement. Daily seeking. Daily work.
How often are we tempted to wake up and rush into our day without seeking the sustenance we desperately need that only our Creator can provide? So many times, when our world begins to crumble, the truth of the matter is that we are really dying of a self inflicted starvation. Manna rains down daily. We just have to put in the time and work to gather it.
“So don’t be anxious, asking, ‘What will we eat?,’ ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘How will we be clothed?’ For it is the pagans who set their hearts on all these things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. *But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.*” ~Matthew 6
Don’t forget your “breakfast” today. Our hearts, our minds, our lives, and our very souls need that precious nourishment in order to live.