I was once a person who thought that our “Daily Bread” meant our physically food only. But does it? Hear what Jesus said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4, NKJV)
When the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness, they whined about food they did not have, but God does care. He sent down manna for them daily, and He never missed His promise. But as Jesus emphasized, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. This was His response while satan who was tempting Him to sin. Because of this, we should know how much more important the bread for the soul is than that for the body. This is why Jesus declared Himself, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry.” (John 6:35, NIV)
When Jesus says He is the Living Bread, He means His word. He is the Word, and the Word of God is Jesus (John 11-3). So, according to the message Paul wrote in the book of Romans (10:17), if we desire to not feel hunger (feel empty), we know that we need to feed ourselves by reading the word of God. And, we need to pray for “The Daily Bread” which can feed our soul, nurturing and growing us in strength (Faith).
Jesus gave us His promise that those who hunger for His word will be filled. At the mountains He spoke to the crowd of over five thousands who had gathered saying, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6, NIV) Jesus Himself is the righteous one (Psalm 11:7, 2 Corinthians 5:21), and He is the word. He promised that whoever hungers and thirsts for Him, the Word, will be filled.
It sound that up to this point, what we need to do is admit that we are hungry for His word, His living bread. We do this so that we may filled and be alive in Him. To admit we need Him first means to recognize, to humble our self, and acknowledging that we know nothing compared to Him who is all-knowing. If we do not humble ourselves, then…
“He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” (Deuteronomy 8:3, NIV)
My dear brothers and sisters, God knows and cares about what you physically need but do not have (Matthew 6:5). He knows that what will truly impact your life for all eternity is what you hunger for in your soul. Because what flows from inside us will ultimately lead us on in the way we are to go and what we do (Proverbs 4:33, Luke 6:45). These things will ultimately determine where we will be for eternity (Galatian 6:6-7). So, I pray you will know His heart, and truly grasp the meaning of what it means when Jesus teaches us to pray about daily bread. At last, I leave you with two more promises God has for us…
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33, NIV)
“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” (Matthew 6:27, NV)