What do you picture in your thoughts whenever you recite this line in the Lord’s Prayer? I had always looked at it as asking God for our daily food and basic necessities. We need our daily bread.
The Israelites in the desert received their daily bread from heaven every day. It was by all accounts insignificant in size, taste and texture. The มานาประจําวัน Israelites soon learned that hoarding lots for “a wet day” didn’t work as it all went bad. They eventually complained that they would rather get back to slavery and get flavourful food with garlic, and they also wanted meat.
They didn’t know that the Bread of Life was sufficient. They did not need to benefit it, pay for it, or store it. They did not need a thankful heart!
To make a long forty-year desert story short, not some of those Israelites who have been rescued from the cruel slavery of Egypt managed to get to the Promised Land except two: Caleb and Joshua. They experienced God’s miracles daily; He guided them, and kept them safe and in perfect health. But only those two men had the faith that God would perform what He said He’d do!
Despite their initial awe at God’s marvelous works, they didn’t understand the miracles and soon replaced Him with false gods. Their passion for their Saviour turned into contempt!
The desert manna symbolizes the Bread of Life: Jesus. He said: “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me,” and: “whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; nevertheless the water that I shall give him will be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4: 34; 14)
Few have observed the amount and magnitude of miracles experienced by the Israelites. It is just a sobering lesson for people to realize how gratefulness, awe and love can become scorn!
The flesh is dominated by the emotions and easily forgets all the benefits received – big and small. This is exactly why you’ll need the manna hidden in your heart. You are first and foremost spirit, indwelled by the Holy Spirit if you’re born again, surviving in a body. It is even more very important to the spirit man to be fed daily.
God will give you the daily bread from heaven, but you’ll need to open the Word, spend some quality time with the Lord, and meditate about it daily. Just hearing the Word preached as well as reading it regularly is insufficient to feed your spirit. You need to chew about it and digest it. The Holy Spirit will reveal the hidden riches, just as Jesus would explain the parables and then His disciples.
Remember both men on the highway to Emmaus? While Jesus preached in their mind about His Death and Resurrection their hearts burned within them. However, they didn’t recognize Jesus until He broke break together! (Luke 24: 30 – 31) That in my experience depicts how preaching the Word will draw you, but it’s the breaking of the Bread that offers you revelation of who Jesus is and His love and purpose for the everyday life.
This daily breaking of the Bread is essential for accumulating your faith, developing a close personal relationship with Him, and growing love and gratitude for what He has been doing, is, and will soon be doing for you. Faith and love cannot remain static. They must be fed daily or they’ll become malnourished, just as the human body would!