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The Bread of Life – Breakfast of Champions

BreadAt one point in their time with the Lord, the Disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray.  Here is one line of the prayer Jesus taught them.

“Give us each day our daily bread.”
Luke 11:3

This prayer of Jesus is not only applicable in the physical, but also in the spiritual.  If earthly bread is necessary for life, how much more is the Word of God needed to nourish our inner man?  God is looking for a people who will feed daily upon His spiritual bread – the Word of God.

You should notice that this prayer is not in the form of a question.  Christ is not asking the Father for bread.  Bread, in this context, is something that is already supplied and on hand.

It’s a grocery item that is already in the cupboard.  When my children get up in the morning, they don’t ask my permission to eat.

“I’m going to eat breakfast now.”

That’s the adult attitude.  You’re up.  You’re going to work.  You need a good breakfast before you leave the house.  When you’re ready to eat you go to the pantry, the place of supply, and get what you need for the day.

It’s the same in the spiritual.  God’s Word to us is always available.  He expects us to seek Him daily for a Word from Him.

When Jesus taught this prayer, He also taught the truths that it encompassed.  Different Gospel writers recorded the various teachings.  Matthew and Luke gave us what the Lord taught concerning the bread.

“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Matthew 7:9-11

This is the attitude that the Father has toward a child who asks for bread.  In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 11, we see this same teaching, but Luke uses the Holy Spirit as the gift.

There’s no question in the mind of Christ.  If you ask God for a daily Word, you will receive.

This is the desire of God’s heart.  He wants His people derive their nourishment from His hand.  We have the ability to go to the presence of God each day for the Word we need to live victoriously.  That’s what Jesus did.

Questions: Did you go to God for your spiritual breakfast today?  What did you receive from Him?

© Nick Zaccardi 2014

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Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Prayer, Word of God

 

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The Lord’s Prayer – Our Father

Matthew 6:9-13
“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.’”

At one point in Jesus’ ministry, His disciples came to Him with a question.  They understood the power of Christ was based upon His prayer life.  They wanted to learn how to walk in that kind of intimacy with God.  So, they came to Jesus for His word on the matter.

Of course, the Lord was more than willing to show the disciples the starting point for a rich relationship with God.  Yes, I said starting point.  The so called Lord’s Prayer is not the ultimate prayer we can offer.  It is the first baby step that Christ gave to His followers so that they might walk the path of prayer.

This short glimpse into the realm of prayer is the foundation for all of the things we converse with God about.  It is so rich in truth that I will have many future posts dedicated to this teaching of Christ.  But for now, I want to talk about the focus of this prayer – the One to whom it is addressed.

OUR FATHER!  Some of the most amazing words in Scripture.  Jesus didn’t say, “My Father.”  He called God “Our Father.”  This is something that the people of God need a fresh revelation of.  The God of Heaven, Creator of the universe, Savior of all mankind, allows me to call Him “Father.”

There is a lot of blessing tied up in that name.  He is not a god far off and unconcerned with our needs.  Our Father cares about us, no matter how great or small the matter we bring before Him.  He is not a god looking for a reason to destroy us for any little fault.  Our Father loves us and wants the best for us – leading us with His hand of mercy and grace.

Spend some quality time getting to know our Father today.  Meditate upon this all encompassing truth.  Let it reshape your prayer life so that it is something you look forward to each day.

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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