We are all familiar with the 'Lord's Prayer' (Matt. 6:9-13):
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread...
For some reason, this phrase caught my ear recently. I know that the daily bread speaks of our daily needs, food to sustain us. But I can not help but think back to the Israelites in the wilderness. God provided them with bread...daily (Exodus 16).
But years later, when the Jews brought this up to Jesus, He said that He was the Bread from heaven (John 6:32-33). The bread in the wilderness was but a sign of the true Bread of Life.
The question is this. Is our desire for our physical needs to be met, or do we yearn for the Bread of Life everyday? Is Christ our desire?
Jesus goes on a little later to teach that we are not to worry about what we will wear or what we will eat, but to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matt. 6:33)
To seek His kingdom does not mean to stand and look around, but the language means to strive for it, to earnestly pursue it. We are to set our minds on His kingdom and His righteousness. What is His righteousness? It's Christ! God put Jesus Christ forth as a propitiation for our sins (Rom. 3:25). He did not look past our sins, but He put them on His Son. In fact, He made Christ to be our sins (2 Cor.5:21). Why? So we might become the righteousness of God!
By God's grace, through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ, through faith the righteousness of God has been applied to us. We have been counted righteous, though we were the vilest of creatures. This through Jesus Christ. His flesh, His body is the Bread we need (John 6:51). His body that He laid on the cross to bear our sins. This is the Bread we need...everyday.
There is a song that goes like this:
In the morning when I rise, in the morning when I rise,
in the morning when I rise, give me Jesus.
Give me Jesus, Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
give me Jesus.
So often I neglect to pray first for the true Bread of Life. Father, forgive me. Please give me this day, more of Your Son.