“Give us today our daily bread.”
It has been a busy couple weeks in our household. We have had a lot of things going on, both good and bad, that have made it a little chaotic. Now, I know that there are plenty of you reading this that can relate to that, so I am not trying to say I have had it harder than anyone. In fact, I am very blessed and am not complaining, I am just stating the reality of the situation lately.
It got to a point a couple of weeks ago that I was feeling, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally exhausted. I was past my breaking point of what could be accomplished on my own. So, I did two things:
1. I texted my group of brothers who I knew have my back and would be praying for me and lift me up and point me to Jesus in that time.
2. My wife gave me the advice that I needed to slow down and focus on each and every day, even multiple times a day, entering the Lord’s presence, humbling myself and asking for His strength to get through. I need Daily Bread.
Bread being the metaphor for sustaining health and what we need for a day is all throughout the bible. Jesus describes himself as the living bread, that we will forever be able to live off Him and His strength unlike the fleeting strength of physical bread (John 6). In Exodus, we read about the Israelites being filled up every morning with Manna that has been supplied from Heaven.
This is the concept that I have been learning about lately and trying to apply. To enter His presence and say, “God, I cannot do this on my own strength. Can you provide me my daily bread?”
Not more than that. Not: God help me get through this situation. Not: God can you make “x” go away. Not, anything other than: Today I need you.
This doesn’t just apply to the valleys of life. The Lord’s prayer doesn’t say, “When times are tough this is how you should pray.” It is for every. Single. Day.
May we all try to focus on going to Him and laying our burdens at His feet. Not trying to do anything by our own strength, but through His and His alone.