Readings: Isaiah 55:10-11 and Matthew 6: 7-15
What really sustains you? Is it your (singular) walk with God? Or is it the fellowship that you share in the family together?
We live in an age of independence – in thinking and living. We treasure our independence. We hold onto control as long as we can – our home, our car –the various options we have that have a “my freedom” attached to them. We have all these on-line identities too – where I tell my story and share my ideas – I facebook them, or a Tweet them on twitter. I email my friends. I sign my name to petitions and letters, and have my private bank account and ID.
The prayer that forms the basis of our Christian life – the one Jesus taught – was taught or given to US as a prayer and a pattern for prayer.
It begins as “Our” Father. Not my Father. And all the petitions are in the plural.
Lead us not…
We are in this together.
And we have the challenge of praying together- trusting together – forgiving together as we are forgiven together.
Mat 6:11 Give us today our daily bread. Is our common prayer for our needs to be met. The “daily” bread is the sufficient bread – the bread that is enough for the day – like the mannah, you could not store it up but collected it each day (excepting the Sabbath).
What are you hungering for? What are you concerning yourself about when it comes to your needs/
Jesus teaches us to depend on him daily for that which is sufficient. (GNB) Give us today the food we need.
This fits in so well with Jesus’ teaching from the sermon on the Mount. Don’t worry! God provides for the sparrows! He clothes the lilies of the field. Don’t fret so.
Seek First His kingdom – says Jesus in that sermon in Matthew 5.
So it makes sense that the opening petition of the Lord ’s Prayer is “your kingdom come, your will be done…” followed by that same dependency: ‘Give us this day our daily bread”.
It’s not “My Father – give me today my daily bread!”
Sharing and supporting each other is at the heart of the Christian Community.
Let’s trust Him for the day’s needs.
Let’s depend on Him for the practical food.
And especially the bread from heaven. Remember the heart of the temptation narrative from Sunday? Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 8 again: Deu 8:3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
Mat 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
As important as our physical nourishment is the open book of God’s word – letting Him speak to us each day from our Bibles.
May we learn to be sustained together by this wonderful Father.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11)