Fasting Devotional Day Five: Thursday, January 6, 2022 Text: Matthew 6:11 “Give us this day our daily bread.” By Dawn Houston
This verse seems so simple. Depending on God for our daily needs seems so easy, and most of us probably feel like we do this pretty well. Yet there is so much more here in this verse. I can say that in my life I have never truly been hungry or gone without a basic need. My life has been easy compared to many that I have known. So, as I dig deeper into this verse, it makes me look into what I long for or truly need.
Reading through Genesis this month, God showed me something I had not noticed before. Abram is longing for a child. Definitely not a selfish or bad desire. In Genesis 15:1-2 The Lord came to Abram in a vision saying,” Abram do not be afraid. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward. But Abram said, Lord God, what will You give me?”
Abram is so focused on what he doesn’t have that he is missing the main thing that is being offered to him. How often is the Lord wanting to give me more of Himself (The Bread of Life), and I am looking at my wants? God was Abram’s exceedingly great reward with or without a child. God is sufficient, but not just sufficient; He is exceedingly great! Having Him is enough to satisfy all longings if we daily lean into Him. We need to allow Him to be our Daily Bread. He longs to fill us.
As we go through these days of fasting, let’s turn our cravings into longing for the only thing that can truly satisfy all of our needs; even those we don’t realize we have. He is our shield, our exceedingly great reward, our daily bread. Give us this day our daily Bread!