What would you picture in your thoughts once you recite this line in the Lord’s Prayer? I had always thought of it as asking God for the daily food and basic necessities. We truly need our daily bread.
The Israelites in the desert received their daily bread from heaven every day. It was by all accounts insignificant in size, taste and texture. The Israelites soon found that hoarding lots for “a rainy day” didn’t work as it all went bad. They eventually complained that they’d rather return to slavery and get flavourful food with garlic, and additionally they wanted meat.
They didn’t understand that the Bread of Life was sufficient. They did not need to work for it, purchase it, or store it. They did not need a thankful heart!
To make a long forty-year desert story short, not one particular Israelites have been rescued from the cruel slavery of Egypt managed to get มานาประจําวัน to the Promised Land except two: Caleb and Joshua. They experienced God’s miracles daily; He guided them, and kept them safe and in perfect health. But only those two men had the faith that God would perform what He said He would do!
Despite their initial awe at God’s marvelous works, they didn’t understand the miracles and soon replaced Him with false gods. Their love for their Saviour turned into contempt!
The desert manna symbolizes the Bread of Life: Jesus. He said: “My meat is to accomplish the will of Him that sent Me,” and: “whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him will be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4: 34; 14)
Few have experienced the quantity and magnitude of miracles experienced by the Israelites. It is a sobering lesson for us to appreciate how gratefulness, awe and love can turn into scorn!
The flesh is dominated by the emotions and easily forgets all the benefits received – big and small. That’s why you will need the manna hidden in your heart. You’re first and foremost spirit, indwelled by the Holy Spirit if you’re born again, surviving in a body. It is much more important for the spirit man to be fed daily.
God provides the daily bread from heaven, but you will need to open the Word, spend some quality time with the Lord, and meditate onto it daily. Just hearing the Word preached or even reading it regularly is insufficient to feed your spirit. You will need to chew onto it and digest it. The Holy Spirit will then reveal the hidden riches, just as Jesus would explain the parables simply to His disciples.
Remember the two men on the way to Emmaus? While Jesus preached for them about His Death and Resurrection their hearts burned within them. However, they didn’t recognize Jesus until He broke break using them! (Luke 24: 30 – 31) That to me depicts how preaching the Word will draw you, but oahu is the breaking of the Bread that gives you revelation of who Jesus is and His love and purpose for the everyday life.
This daily breaking of the Bread is essential for accumulating your faith, creating a close personal relationship with Him, and growing love and gratitude for what He has done, is, and is going to be doing for you. Faith and love cannot remain static. They must be fed daily or they’ll become malnourished, just as the body would!