Sat, May 16, 2020

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Good morning church, we are sending our love as we write this. It has been a heavy day for us, pastorally and personally, and it has made what we are going to step into praying together today all the more real and needed in our own life. As we move along through the Lord’s Prayer and seek to imitate Jesus’ model for prayer, we come to this statement…

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

Three themes we’d love to encourage you to pray into with us today: Dependence, Daily and Bread.

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The
steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are
new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The
Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in Him.”
Lamentations 3:21-24

Dependence: What do we depend on? In this passage it is clear... The steadfast love of the Lord. His mercies.

Exercise #1: Spend some time in prayer acknowledging your dependence on Jesus. What passages come to mind when you think of your dependence on him: for salvation, for life, for godliness, etc.? 

Daily: It is clear from scripture that we need Jesus freshly, every day. His mercies are new every morning. Just like we don’t eat once and expect it to last us a week, we also need to seek His mercy freshly each day.

Exercise #2: In thanksgiving, go to the well of His mercy, remembering His faithfulness to provide.

Bread: “The Lord is my portion, says my soul.”

What God provides us to “eat” is not simply bread, but something so much more substantial than that. I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. —John 6:35 Jesus uses hunger and thirst in a spiritual context and we can read it similarly in the prayer that he teaches us when he says, “give us this day our daily bread.” We need the very presence of Jesus to sustain us. Every day.

Exercise #3: Each time you eat today, use the time you are fueling your body to remind yourself of your need for Jesus. Read or recite Psalm 23 (or maybe one of the passages you remembered as you prayed through dependence) at each meal time.

The power of daily bread is learning to depend on Jesus and his presence to carry you. This will shape each and every day as the author of Lamentations so powerfully articulates. One more time…

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The
steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are
new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The
Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in Him.”
Lamentations 3:21-24


Much love to you today, Anthem.

Matt and Kristen