Give us this day our daily bread …
Pray without ceasing …Matthew 6:11, 1 Thessalonians 5:17
God is teaching me more with each passing day. As fast as the world keeps changing around us, God keeps reminding me how He is always the same. God is the one constant through all of this. He is the Rock.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever!
So today I will share with you what God has shown to me. If there has been one mantra that I keep preaching to myself it is this … One day at a time.
Without knowing what tomorrow will bring, God had to remind us that He is the only One we can really trust. Every day brings new challenges, new decisions, new information, new normals, and God remains right here — present, available, and full of mercy and grace.
The stress of this crisis has caused us all to evaluate what matters most. All of a sudden, the “stuff” we thought was important in our lives is not that important after all. We have been forced to think about the basics — the bare essentials. Food, water, medicine, and shelter are top priority.
So what are we to do?
Give us our Daily Bread
We must remember who God really is — our Heavenly Father — and we are to trust Him to give us this day … our daily bread.
As we walk with God by faith we are asking Him to provide what we need for this day. Just enough for today, LORD. Tomorrow will have enough trouble of its own.
Of course, this truth should be applied physically, spiritually, financially, emotionally, and mentally. Whatever it is that we need, God is there to remind us … “I AM!”
It is so comforting to know that we have a God who cares for us and has promised never to leave or forsake us. We have a God who is with us always, and He is the One leading us, protecting us, and if necessary … carrying us through these difficult days.
This current crisis has given a whole new meaning to the words of Jesus.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”John 6:35
So this is our chance to put those words into practice and trust God to provide … our daily bread. Yes, we need food to live, but man does not live by bread alone. We live by every word that has proceeded out of the mouth of God!
Therefore, we need God’s word today more than we need food, and if you have a Bible in your possession or Scripture written on your heart, you will never run out of the bread of life.
Prayer is our Spiritual Breath
The coronavirus is known to attack the respiratory system especially hard. One of the most common symptoms is difficulty breathing. We all know how vital oxygen is to our lungs. We might be able to live a few weeks without food, but we can’t live a few minutes without air.
The Bible reminds us that God has given us spiritual breath that is just as vital to our soul as oxygen is to our lungs.
As long as we have breath … let us pray.
As long as you are alive … don’t stop praying.
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.“Luke 18:1
We will die without prayer. We will first weaken, then collapse, and then we will lose hope. And without hope … we can’t live another second.
The Scriptures command us to pray without ceasing. Prayer is our lifeline to the God we love. Prayer is God’s gift to us to get us through times like these. He bids us to come and seek His face, and we do so knowing that He has made Himself available to His children through the mighty name of Jesus Christ!
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”Hebrews 4:14-16
As we take this crisis day by day — one day at a time — we do so knowing that God has provided everything we need, and so much more.
He gives us our daily bread and nourishes us with His holy word.
He reminds us with every breath that He is near, even dwelling within us through His Spirit.
Talk to Him today. Call upon Him in faith. Rest secure in His presence and rejoice in His perfect love.
And when tomorrow becomes today … let us do it all over again!