Occasionally, I get the opportunity to design intimate worship environments that draw groups into a unique, expressive, and reflective time of worship. Recently, I led our home church through such an experience centered around understanding the prayer of Jesus which we often refer to as the “Lord’s Prayer.” It was great; we played with Legos, glow sticks, picture frames, and paint while engaging our imaginations with the reality of the kingdom of Jesus. I’ll be sharing a couple of the stations stories here on the blog over the next week or two.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation but rescue us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. — Jesus
Give us today our daily bread. There is a certain understated simplicity here in these words.
Jesus is inviting us to consider something; everything we have, whether we have a lot or a little, is a gift from God. There’s a simple beauty to that understanding. We may have bought the food and the dinner table, but God has given us the opportunity and the position to do that. We may share a meal with friends we’ve met along the way, but it’s God who has created and brought those people into our lives. Our lives, then, are presents from God; wrapped exclusively for us, waiting for us to open and enjoy them.
And there’s also a subtle reminder here, for the bread is symbolic of an adventure.
You see, the Jewish hearer would have instantly connected “bread” to the manna from heaven their ancestors received in ages long ago as they wandered through a wilderness. As such, the word “bread” would conjure up images of great and epic, God-led adventures. Perhaps Jesus was inviting us to consider that following God should be adventurous.
Give us today our daily bread is less an asking for bread, and more a pleading for God to know our hearts, and move into our lives exactly what we need to sustain us and make us thrive. It’s a reminder that God is living, active, and leading us into something.
May you know that God is giving you a path, and everything necessary to walk it well.
Leave a comment and let me know; what adventurous thing do you feel that God is calling you to?