The Lord's Prayer 6
'Give us today the food we need.' Matthew 6:11 GNT
Did you know there are two reasons for praying, 'Give us today the food we need' (Matthew 6:11 GNT)?
First there is the natural reason: while we may have so much food that our prayer is, 'Lord, help me to lose some weight,' millions still go to bed hungry. They pray this same prayer, but without an answer they won't make it. And we dare not turn away from them because: 'God blesses those who are kind to the poor. He helps them out of their troubles. He protects them...he publicly honours them and destroys the power of their enemies' (Psalm 41:1-2 TLB).
Secondly there is the spiritual reason: When he was being tempted by the devil Jesus said, '...Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God' (Matthew 4:4 NIV). Note the phrase 'every word.' Some words God feeds us are pleasant; some are painful. And we need both. 'Ice cream Christians' pick Scriptures that taste sweet but, as a result, they don't develop the spiritual muscle required to stand strong in the hard times. It's easy to tell when we're not 'eating' right. People get on our nerves, we go through mood swings, we cave into fear. Don't let that happen; sort your spiritual diet out!
So what now? It's so necessary to be aware of both your daily natural and spiritual food intake. The truth is, without both at a healthy level, it is hard for you to function properly in this world. So, watch your diet.
Soulfood: 2 Chr 25-28, Mark 7:14-23, Ps 119:137-144, Prov 22:11-13