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What is Your Daily Bread? - Daily Hope with Rick Warren - June 11, 2016

  • 2016 Jun 11
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What Is Your Daily Bread?
By Rick Warren

“People do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3b NLT, second edition).

When Jesus says we’re to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” he’s talking about far more than just bread. In fact, the Bible tells us that bread represents four things.

1. Bread represents the necessities of life.

This is the economy of God. God says, “I supply it. You gather it.” When you pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” it doesn’t mean you sit on the couch and wait for God to throw you money. You’ve got to work! Even the Israelites had to go out and pick up the manna. Work is a part of God’s purpose for your life. It builds character. Proverbs 14:23 says, “Hard work always pays off; mere talk puts no bread on the table” (MSG).

2. Bread represents God’s Word.

The Bible is spiritual food. Bread is a symbol for Scripture. The Bible says, “People do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3b NLT, second edition). When the children of Israel were walking to the Promised Land, God dropped manna from Heaven for the people to pick up because they had nothing to eat.

God gave them this bread to teach them that people need more than bread for their life. Real life comes by feeding on every word of the Lord. You don’t just need physical nourishment; you also need spiritual nourishment.

3. Bread represents God’s family and fellowship.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:16, “Is the bread which we break not a sharing in the body of Christ?” (AMP)

Bread is a metaphor for the family of God. You need God’s people in your life! Whether or not you have a physical family, God wants you to be part of his family that will last forever — the Church. It is to be a place of fellowship.

4. Bread represents salvation.

Jesus chose bread to represent his sacrifice in communion. Every time we eat the bread and drink the wine or juice, it is a reminder of how much God loves us and the sacrifice he made so that we can go to Heaven.

Whatever your need is — physical, emotional, relational, or spiritual — God will take care of it if you will depend on him. Pray today, “Give us this day our daily bread,” and trust God to provide for you in every way.

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Talk It Over

  • Understanding these four representations, how can you more specifically pray when you ask, “Give us this day our daily bread”?
  • In what ways does God’s Word “feed” your spiritual growth?
  • How does your life reflect that you need God’s supply, Word, family, and salvation to live?

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