Prayer Part 5: "Our Daily Bread"

Posted on 10/28/2007 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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Good morning.

Welcome to Abundant Living Ministries CyberChurch. It's wonderful to see all your faces, and to be able to gather here in this place with all the people behind the faces, to seek after the Spirit of the Living God together.

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Let's all stand to our feet.


Lord God, thank you for another day to live for you. Thank you for your presence with us, and that you want to wrap each one of us in your arms and breathe into us the life that comes only through a personal relationship with you.

Lord, we pray for those who have requested our prayers this past week.

We pray for MaryAnn's fiance, Paul, and for this accounting exam and employment he's seeking. We ask that you would first of all draw him to seek after you even more, and that you would open up the right doors and give him wisdom, direction, and boldness to walk the path you've layed before him.

We pray for Boomer who is in a lot of pain and needs healing for his knee. We ask that you would break through any barriers, and that anything in his life which would destroy him or hold him back from the path you have for him would be exposed and removed. Work a miracle on Boomer's behalf, in the name of Jesus.

We pray for little Tyler, that your hand would be upon him and his family as they try to deal with the news the he has diabetes and, according to the doctors and without a miracle, he will be dependent upon insulin shots for the rest of his life.

The name of Jesus is above the name of diabetes, and we speak the name of Jesus over you Tyler, and we speak the name of Jesus against the name of diabetes. We speak healing and health to your whole body, and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon you even at this tender age.

And now Lord, we pray for each one today who is seeking after you. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us. Draw us into that place of worship in which you are all we see and all we desire. And draw each one of us into a closer and more intimate walk with you.

And it's in Jesus name we pray.

Amen.


Click-touch the pulpit for a notecard, and let's enter into worship.

I'VE GOT A RIVER OF LIFE

I've got a river of life flowing out of me!
Makes the lame to walk, and the blind to see.
Opens prison doors, sets the captives free!
I've got a river of life flowing out of me!

Spring up, O well, within my soul!
Spring up, O well, and make me whole!
Spring up, O well, and give to me
That life abundantly.
 

YOU ARE THE GOD THAT HEALETH ME

I am the God that healeth thee
I am the Lord your healer
I sent my Word and healed your disease
I am the Lord your healer

You are the God that healeth me
You are the Lord my healer
You sent your Word and healed my disease
You are the Lord my healer


IN THE NAME OF THE LORD

There Is Strength In The Name Of The Lord
There Is Power In The Name Of The Lord
There Is Hope In The Name Of The Lord
Blessed Is He Who Comes In The Name Of The Lord

Lord, thank you that you have the name that is above every other name, and by calling upon the name of the Lord, we can be saved!

We thank you for your strength, your power, your hope, and your healing. Thank you for the river of life that flows out of us, the river of your Holy Spirit, bringing life to all who call upon your name.

Lord, keep us focused upon you today as we turn to your Word. Teach us by your Holy Spirit, and help us to put your Word into action in our lives.

And it's in Jesus' name we pray.

Amen.


You can be seated.


For the last few weeks we've been in a series on prayer. When Jesus' disciples asked him how they should pray, he said, "Pray after this manner," and gave them an outline to follow. This outline is commonly called "The Lord's Prayer." If you haven't been here for the past few weeks, I encourage you to listen to the other parts of this series at almcyberchurch.org, because they lay the ground work for today and the next three weeks.

So far we have acknowledged and approached God as our Father, and have contemplated what this means.

We have praised the holiness of God's name, that it is set apart and above every other name, and have seen that God is a jealous God and is NOT a desperate sugar daddy who doesn't care by what name you call him as long as call him, for hallowed is his name.

We have sought the Kingdom of God, realizing this implies authority and righteous living.

We have sought for the will of God, realizing this will applies to every area of our lives and that submission to this will is vital for his Kingdom to be established in our lives. We also explored that God's will is performed in heaven immediately, from the heart, exactly as directed, and in the spirit of that will, and that we are to seek for his will to be done on earth and in our lives in the same way.

And that brings us to today, where we'll pick up with the next part of Jesus' outline of prayer:

"Our Daily Bread"


Whenever I hear this term, "our daily bread," I'm reminded of the Israelites as they journeyed through the wilderness after being led out of captivity to Egypt. God fed them six days per week with manna from heaven. He gave very specific instructions concerning the gathering and storing of this bread from heaven. Let's read this from Exodus 16:15-33

15b And Moses said to them, "This is the bread which the LORD has given you to  eat.
16 This is the thing which the LORD has commanded: 'Let every man gather it  according to each one's need, one omer for each person, according to the number  of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.'"
17 Then the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less.
18 So when they measured it by omers, he who gathered much had nothing left  over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Every man had gathered according  to each one's need.
19 And Moses said, "Let no one leave any of it till morning."
20 Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it  until morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them.
21 So they gathered it every morning, every man according to his need. And when  the sun became hot, it melted.

22 And so it was, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two  omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.
23 Then he said to them, "This is what the LORD has said: 'Tomorrow is a Sabbath  rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what  you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until  morning.'"
24 So they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink,  nor were there any worms in it.
25 Then Moses said, "Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today  you will not find it in the field.
26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will  be none."

27 Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to  gather, but they found none.
28 And the LORD said to Moses, "How long do you refuse to keep My commandments  and My laws?
29 See! For the LORD has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the  sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go  out of his place on the seventh day."
30 So the people rested on the seventh day.

31 And the house of Israel called its name Manna. And it was like white  coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

32 Then Moses said, "This is the thing which the LORD has commanded: 'Fill an  omer with it, to be kept for your generations, that they may see the bread with  which I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out of the land of  Egypt.'"
33 And Moses said to Aaron, "Take a pot and put an omer of manna in it, and lay  it up before the LORD, to be kept for your generations."


I believe there are a number of things we can learn from this passage.

First, the bread came from God. This passage begins by saying, "This is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat."

Sometimes we think that our provisions come from our own hand, our own hard work. Or perhaps from the hard work of another. And yet our daily bread comes from the Lord, who is maker and ruler of heaven and earth.

Sometimes we think that our understanding of Scripture comes from our own cleverness and reason. And yet all true insight and revelation come from God, regardless of our level of intelligence or our own ability to reason.

So it is with this time in our daily prayer time with God. In the English language, the sentence "Give us this day our daily bread," does not really begin with "give." Rather, a word is omitted because it is understood. That word is "You." "YOU give us this day our daily bread." While this is a request and not a statement, the recognition of our source is plain. We are asking God to give us our daily bread, everything we will need for physical and spiritual food and sustanance today.


The next thing God tells the people concerning manna is that they should gather it according to their need. This is not a passage speaking against prosperity. It is, however, speaking in part of needless excess.

We live in the age of all-you-can-eat buffets, disposable napkins, servings of food that would choke an elephant, cars and clothes which cost several times as much because they have a certain label. We pour on the fat, salt, and sugar as though we have a life-threatening deficiency of them, then buy clothes with twice as much fabric in an attempt to cover up the ghastly results.

Now this is not a condemnation of prosperity, but of greedy excess. It's possible that some of the Israelites ate enourmous quantities of manna, and it's possible they had all-you-can-eat buffets in their tents complete with roast manna, mashed manna, manna fries, manna stuffing, manna rolls, manna cakes, iced manna, and manna pie topped with whipped manna.

In fact, some of them obviously did just that, for we read these words in verse 20: "Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them."

Their eyes were apparently bigger than their stomachs, and their greedy excess flat out stunk, just as ours does today. We always want more and are never satisfied. And when we do get more, even that is not enough, at least not for very long. And then, even though we have closets, basements, and storage sheds full of our excess, we complain that we are deprived of this or that and that we just don't have enough of what we really want or need.

And in the spirit realm, this breeds worms, and it stinks.


In the next verse we read, "So they gathered it every morning, every man according to his need. And when the sun became hot, it melted."

There are two points here I'd like to point out, and those two points are actually one.

1. They gathered it every morning.

It's so easy to sleep as late as we can and then rush off to work, to school, or to our favorite show on television, and at best we might just breathe a quick prayer or if we're really spiritual we may read a short devotional. But for all the hours of our day, for all the traps the enemy might have set for us, for all the trials and temptations, is this really enough?

"Well, I'll watch Christian television tonight, and have a bed-time devotion," we might say. But this brings up the next point:

2. When the sun became hot, it melted.

There's just something about spending quality and quantity time in the morning. Jesus arose early in the morning, before it was light, to pray. Even thought he was God in the flesh, he realized that it would be presumptuous to assume he had what it took to make it even an hour without gathering the bread from heaven he neeeded to make it though whatever may come.

But we do this all the time. And then we wonder why we're weak and weary, depressed and confused, defeated and bound. It just might be because we do not gather enough manna before our day begins, and by time we really need it, it has melted off the ground.

Now some of us may work at night and sleep in the day. And for you, your early morning is simply the beginning of your day, the time between when you first open your eyes and when you do your first thing. And if that time is not long enough to gather the manna you need, get up earlier.

With the Spirit and Word of God, you don't have to worry about gathering too much. When you're filled to overflowing, then you can freely give out to others. In fact, the Spirit of God might minister to those around you even before you say or do a single thing.


Now even though they were told to gather what they needed for that day and not leave any overnight, there was one exception to this rule. And the fact that it rotted and bred worms if kept overnight was even greater testimony to the source and overseer of this provision when you consider verses 23 through 26:

23 Then he said to them, "This is what the LORD has said: 'Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what  you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.'"
24 So they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it.
25 Then Moses said, "Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field.
26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none."


Week after week, month after month, and year after year, it remained the same. If they left any overnight during the week, it would spoil. But when they left it overnight on the sixth day of the week, it was perfectly good all the next day.

Is putting away money in savings a bad thing to do since it's gathering more than enough? Scripture tells us a righteous man leaves an inheritance to his children and his children's children. And we see here even in the example of manna that there was a time coming that they could not gather, and laying up enough for that time was not only accepted, it was commanded. If you can save, then save. If you can't save, cut out some excess and start saving. It's a wise thing to do.

What about spiritual bread? Jesus says in John 9:4, "I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work."

Do you believe that the night is coming upon us during which none of us can work? It is indeed coming. And as more years pass, that time is drawing ever closer. It's important that we don't get "just enough" of the Word and Spirit of God. We need to fill ourselves to overflowing with his Word, and seek full-force after more and more of his Holy Spirit, and less and less of our flesh.


Let's read something about the sabbath in Hebrews 4:4-10:

4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: "And God rested on the seventh day from all His works";
5 and again in this place: "They shall not enter My rest."
6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience,
7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, "Today," after such a long time, as it has been said: "Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts."

8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day.
9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.
10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.


So another day has been set aside. It's not Sunday. It's not some other day of the week. And, by the way, it's still as important for our sakes that we take a day to rest as it ever has been. But this is a different kind of sabbath.

Verse ten says, "For he who has entered God's rest has ceased from his own works as God did from His."

And that day, my friends, is "Today."

Are we still all wrapped up in and focused upon our own works? Our own plans? Our own goals and dreams? Our own pursuits? Our own beliefs and ideas? There is a day set aside to rest from our own works, and that day is Today.

But to do this, we need an extra measure of manna. We need extra time in God's Word. We need extra time worshiping at his feet. We need extra time in his presence so that his spotlight can reveal any wicked thing in us, and so we can be changed.


God is not only interested in spiritual things. He created this physical world and breathed his breath of life into these physical bodies. And he cares about your physical and emotional needs.

In Matthew chapter six, shortly after Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray, he says this, starting with verse 28:

28 "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

God cares about your needs, and he has promised to take care of you.

We also read in another place that "You do not have because you do not ask." God wants us to ask for our daily bread, for not only our spiritual, but also our physical needs to be met, for he is the source of the provision for both.

So ask him for what you need today. And then trust him to supply. He is your Father, he is good, and he will take care of you.


The ministry team can come to the front now.


If you cannot say with surity that God is indeed your Father, if you are not certain that if you died right now you would spend eternity with him in heaven, then you can have that peace today.

It's as simple as opening the door to your heart and inviting him inside to have his way with you. Jesus says in Revelation 3:20, "Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone will hear my voice and will open the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him." Invite Jesus to come in and dine with you today.

If you don't think you have anything to offer him, that's okay. He will fill your shelves with costly treasures, things that bring life and not death, things that bring joy and peace instead of confusion and emptiness, and things that bring hope instead of despair.

Just pray this prayer with me from your heart. Say this:

"Jesus, I open the door of my heart to you. Come in to my heart. Make me a brand new creation. Wipe the old stuff away, and make all things new. Forgive me for my sins, and be the Lord of my life."

And now say this out loud, and feel free to type it in chat right now: "Jesus Christ is my Lord."


This altar is open. If you have just accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, come to the front and speak with someone on the ministry team.

Or if you would just like to seek after the Lord for awhile, pray, or just worship him, feel free to step out of your seat and come to the front.

When you're through here, you're all invited to head over to the room on your left for a time of fellowship.


Lord, thank you for your Word, and for teaching us how to pray. I ask that the Word that was spoken today will find its way into fertile soil, as we draw ever closer to you.

And it's in Jesus' name we pray.

Amen.