The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Give us this day our daily bread" (Matthew 6:).
Why did the Lord Jesus Christ command that we daily ask for our bread?
While there may be many answers we could consider, the truth of relationship and fellowship seems to me the most definitive reason we must day by day approach God's throne of grace. Our Heavenly Father loves our communion with Himself to the degree "the prayer of the upright is His delight" (Proverbs 15:8). Moreover, He knows how desperately we require such conscious fellowship with Him as the spiritual lifeline wherein "we walk by faith, not by sight" (II Corinthians 5:7). We do not see, hear, or touch God when we pray, at least in physical terms. Humble, sincere, and trusting prayer does, however, involve spiritual reality. Things happen when we pray, things in God, things in ourselves, and things in our sphere of influence. Thus, our Heavenly Father calls us to "daily" seek His provision so that we may daily "walk in the light as He is in the light" and "have fellowship one with another" (I John 1:7).
When God fed Israel with manna in the wilderness, they could not partake of the previous day's provision (with the exception of the Sabbath day). The manna "bred worms and stank," making the partaking of the previous day's provision impossible (Exodus 16). This foreshadowed the Lord's mandate that believers seek His supply on a daily basis. More than physical bread, He desires fresh communication with us. The prayers of yesterday cannot suffice for those the Holy Spirit would lead us to offer today. Moreover, God's present provision meets the needs of this day's callings and challenges. Thus, "give us this day our daily bread" involves much significance in our personal walk with the Lord, and in His personal presence and working in our hearts and lives.
As we frequently suggest in these messages, the truth that God delights in our fellowship, while wondrously mind-boggling, may be the most motivating aspect of prayer whereby we become increasingly consistent in availing ourselves of so great a gift. Our own sense of desire regarding fellowship with the Lord may ebb and flow. His desire for our fellowship never does. Again, this surely provides much insight into why He calls us to daily seek His loving involvement and provision. He wants to hear our voice and commune with our heart. Mind-boggling indeed, and heart filling and thrilling as each and every day beckons us to the Throne, and to the One who gladly welcomes our approach.
"Let me hear thy voice, for sweet is thy voice."
(Song of Solomon 2:14)
"When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek."
Weekly Memory Verse
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise, which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.