Our Daily Bread
The Men’s Breakfast
On Saturday was a ‘Men’s Breakfast’ at the church that I attend. It’s a time of men coming together in fellowship, worshipping the Lord and the Pastor delivering a word from God to all attendee’s, with a time for prayer ministering afterwards. The church that I attend moves in the gifts of the Spirit, healing and deliverance. The church that I attend is not my local church, I pass many churches along the way to get there and it is because they move in the gifts that I go there. It’s about 6 or 7 miles from Rochdale to the church, not exactly local, but I decided to walk there for the breakfast morning.
It’s not as though I don’t have transport, I have choices when it comes to that. It’s not as though I couldn’t get a lift as I knew others were going from a similar area I could have asked them and it would not have been a problem. It’s not as though I couldn’t get other transport like a bus or a taxi, I had more than sufficient funds to get there. It was more important than any of these.
I wanted to seek the Lord and I find that not taking the easy option helps me on my way to achieve that. It helps create the passion and hunger for desiring and seeking what the Lord has to say to me. That hunger cannot be satiated by the sumptuous breakfast that was served, that hunger can only be fulfilled by God’s Word, our daily bread. It is fasting on the feet, doing without to seek the Lord.
Three others came along for the walk. Two of these have been regular walkers with me on some much longer cross carrying witness walks. The other brother was joining us for his first time but a most welcome addition. We met and set off before daybreak at 6:45 am, fellow-shipping and praying along the way.
I have long been inspired by the great journeys on foot made by John Wesley. Most notably his trip to Herrnhut, Germany to meet again with the Moravian’s, was largely made on foot. Wesley would regularly walk 25 miles per day reading his bible along the way. Our little walk was nothing in comparison but it is not the distance that is important, it’s the purpose.
The Lords Prayer
When we say from ‘The Lord’s prayer’ in the gospel of Matthew 6:11.
“Give us this day our daily bread”… well, daily bread is what we get from the Lord. He is our provider, our Jehovah Jireh. It is the Lord whom we seek for our correction and direction, our daily bread. It is our manna from heaven.
We may have at our disposal alternative daily breads. Websites, printed publications and the like, but these are more like devotionals. What we need is the bible and an open honest praying heart with time set aside from any outside distractions to pursue our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Then we can receive the fresh bread of heaven.
In Matthew 16:15 when Jesus asks his disciples, “But who do you say I am?” and Simon Peter answered and said, ”You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
Simon Peter did not listen to what the others were saying for he received the answer from God, Simon Peter received the fresh bread from heaven.
You can get all types of bread these days, in all different conditions. Some wrapped up in fancy packaging but it has a sell-by date, that could be wrong. In fact, it could already be mouldy inside. You can get some now that say that they are wholemeal and when you look at the ingredients you would be shocked at the list of additives. There is many recent stories of wheat across the world now being linked to varying types of diseases as governments and laboratories attempt to speed up the introduction of genetically modified cereals and grains in many product.
Me, I love the smell of fresh bread straight from the oven, the sweet aroma filling every sensation. I would encourage you all to be assured of your supplier and don’t rely on crumbs or cast offs.