Praying For Food – Daily Provisions (Matthew 6:11)

It’s not merely the food on your plate. Albeit food on your plate is a gift from above, which is a reason Christians bow their heads and close their eyes to pray before dining. And certainly, we have been blessed with jobs to provide an income allowing our family to place food for the pantry. Work is itself a provision of God. In fact Scripture says, “…this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10b KJV) Disabled people in certain circumstances cannot work to earn their food. That’s why the Lord says we are to take care of the poor. It’s not the food on our plate by itself, a provision of God. But the faith of what to do with it.

“And if a brother or sister may be naked, and may be destitute of daily food, 16 and anyone of you may say to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed, and be filled,’ but may not give to them the things necessary for the body, what [is] the profit? 17 so also faith, if it may not have works, is dead by itself.” (James 2:15-17 LSV)

Gluttony over our blessings leads the rich to devastation. Recall the rich young ruler. He wants it all, even to own continuous life. Here is the account.

“Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, ‘Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?’ 18 So Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ‘ 20 And he answered and said to Him, ‘Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.’ 21Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, ‘One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.’ 22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” (Mark 10:17-22 NKJV)

Does making America great again equate to making America have great possessions again? Wealth is not inherently good nor evil. The love of money is what makes the difference. People who pursue wealth for the sake of gaining riches fall into all kinds of evil temptations. The love of money is the root of all evil, according to the New Testament Scriptures (1 Timothy 6:9-10).

Father God is more wealthy that any home-made god you can come up with. Thus, “[Be] without covetous behavior, being content with the things present, for He has said, ‘No, I will not leave, no, nor forsake you,'” (Hebrews 13:6 LSV) My God is bigger than your god. My God is richer than your god. My God has more forgiveness to offer than your god.

What if I can show you some bread that if you eat it, you will be satisfied for the rest of your life? I can you know. Read on. Jesus says,

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who is believing in Me has continuous life; 48 I am the bread of life; 49 your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died; 50 this is the bread that is coming down out of Heaven, that anyone may eat of it, and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down out of Heaven; if anyone may eat of this bread he will live—throughout the age; and the bread also that I will give is My flesh, that I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:47-51 LSV)

Jesus is the bread of life. The living bread. Sacrificing His life on the crucifix, Jesus suffered, died and was buried because humankind sins against God. Don’t place my writing into Calvinism nor Campbell-ism. Put me right in the center of scripture. We are dead in our sins from the time we could commit sin. And from the time we could sin, we have been guilty of our sin. That’s why Jesus’s death is so important to me. His death, burial and resurrection means something.

“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (ESV)

Let me tell you something friend. You go right ahead with praying for your steak and potatoes. I’m blessed with a plate of that on occasion. But I’d much rather be a little more gluttonous for spiritual blessings in heavenly places, which are in Christ Jesus. Let me ask, how much wealthier can you become than what is described here:

“As His divine power has given to us all things pertaining to life and piety, through the acknowledgment of Him who called us through glory and virtue, 4 through which the most great and precious promises have been given to us, that through these you may become partakers of a divine nature, having escaped from the corruption [and] lust in the world.” (2 Peter 1:3-4 LSV).

Jesus is the Bread of Life; the manna for the soul. He is our Passover Lamb. And He is a well springing up unto eternal life. What more can a person ask for? What can a person give in exchange for their soul? As for me, my family will be serving the Lord, because, He is the greatest feast of spiritual nourishment known to the planet.

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Foot Notes

Press, Covenant; Coalition, Covenant Christian. The Holy Bible: Literal Standard Version (LSV), 2020 (p. 745). Covenant Press. Kindle Edition.

Nelson, Thomas. Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) (p. 982). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

Press, Covenant; Coalition, Covenant Christian. The Holy Bible: Literal Standard Version (LSV), 2020 (p. 648, 738, 739). Covenant Press. Kindle Edition.

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