Requests • Devotion #3: Daily
Roger Allen | Recovery Director
“Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11
One of the most rewarding memories I have as a child is the smell of freshly baked bread. One late November afternoon, my mother had put her efforts into baking the finest bread I had ever tasted. The day was an overcast fall day in Michigan. My brothers and I came in from raking what was left of the leaves and preparing for the long winter ahead. Chilled and tired, the bread warmed and filled us.
As we know, bread has been a food staple for thousands of years. It is often referred to as the “staff of life.” Mentioned many times in the Bible, the references seem endless. From the symbolic, spiritual, and physical we are shown our most basic needs. However, here in America, we are rarely worried about our basic needs. Our needs naturally turn to wants very quickly. Wealth and prosperity consume our thoughts and prayers. Bread now represents cash, instead of something far more enduring. Instead of praying each day and trusting God for our needs, we covet for a nice little “nest egg” in which to rest, never having to depend on the Father who will sustain us through the Word.
Matthew 6:19-21 says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
By being consumed by treasures here on earth, we show where our heart is at and that we still rely on our strength. Simply put, asking daily for our sustenance and believing He will provide, is having faith in the one who shed His Son’s blood for us.
Matthew 6:26 adds, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Knowing His love for us should be like that sweet savor of fresh bread. Even when we are hungry and cold, we can have faith that He fills us completely.
“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.’” John 6:35