Growing up, it was always my job to say the blessing at the dinner table. Not quite sure how that responsibility landed in my lap, but I was not afraid to seize the moment. Even now, as an adult, when I grace my family’s dinner table, it is almost inherent that I will say grace. They all hold hands, bow their heads and shut their eyes to listen to my mature, Seminary graduate, spiritual blessing:
“God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. By His hands, we are fed. Thank you Lord for our daily bread. Amen.”
Almost like clockwork, restrained smiles seep out of the corners of our mouths as we realize the innocence of my children’ prayer, but hey, if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it!
“Give us each day our daily bread.” – NIV
If you really think about it, this prayer is anything but childlike. We are requesting that God meet our needs on a daily basis, in every circumstance. There is a popular opinion, growing larger in acceptance every moment, that people can worship enough on Sunday to carry them for the rest of the week. One day of dedication is enough to sustain seven days of negligence, isn’t it?
What we all must realize it that true bread, heavenly bread, is granted on a day-by-day basis. The prayer we offered Sunday does not alleviate the need to talk to God on Monday. The tithe we offer on the first of the month does not alleviate our commands to sacrifice daily.
God wants us to come to Him every day, to trust Him every day. Moreover, God desires a relationship with us every day. If He provided a week’s worth of blessings to us on Sunday…would He see us again? God knows that if we are given everything that we need, for however long that period of time is, we are as good as gone. We store up our directions; we store up our blessings and remain distant until our supply runs out. The principle of daily bread does not work that way, and neither does God.
Ask for daily bread today, and then, come back tomorrow.