Focus: Our daily bread
Matthew 6:9-13 Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
There is much to be learned about God’s desire for relationship with us in the fact that He created us with so many needs. He not only made us with a daily rest requirement, He also made us to have a regular need for food, water, and air. Every child born on this planet has to have food, water, and air—in order to live. The general population is in the habit of eating and drinking everyday in order to maintain a healthy life.
The act of ‘eating’ is a fundamental necessity to our existence—but eating bread alone would be considered extreme. In the context of this prayer, most Bible commentaries agree that the word ‘bread’ is used as a symbol of everything essential to sustain life.
Beyond the details of what is specifically being asked for, we should give our real attention to the fact that everything we need to survive comes from God. Grasping the knowledge that God wants us to come to Him to have our needs met is important—but even more so is the actual practice of looking to Him on a daily basis for Him to provide those things we may require.
In recovery from depression and addiction, we approach life one day at a time—relying on God to give us the assistance we need in order to keep moving forward. As we turn from negative behavior, it’s important to know that God is capable of filling any emptiness we experience.
We have to remind ourselves daily that God didn’t create us with a ‘need’ to be depressed. We don’t have to be depressed to survive. He also didn’t create us with a ‘need’ for drugs or alcohol. As much as our mind and body might try to tell us otherwise—we don’t have to have drugs or alcohol to survive. So, if depression and addiction took up residence in our lives—it was because we adopted those behaviors—not because we actually required them to live.
Once those behaviors are present—it’s hard to get through a day without experiencing their effects. But, any person who seeks God daily to have victory over those problems is assured of finding hope and help.
The Word of God tells us to rejoice evermore, to pray without ceasing, and to give thanks in everything. If we focus on rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks all day every day, we will be doing the will of God. If we keep our mind on God and the positive plan He has for our future—the Bible says we will have perfect peace. People with perfect peace usually aren’t depressed or addicted.
The ‘daily bread’ of someone who struggles with depression and addiction is to be given the daily knowledge that God is able to change your old behavior by giving you new desires. You need to see this change of your heart and mind as though it is as essential as food and water. What you need to continually repeat to God is, “Give me this day new desires”. Think of those new desires like the smell and taste of warm, fragrant bread that just came out of the oven. The taste of fresh bread in your mouth is comforting and good. Nothing about it is hard to swallow. As you take it in—you feel yourself ‘getting filled’. If you’re able to eat all you want, you eventually reach a point of satisfaction. The nourishment brings energy you didn’t have before you ate it. That’s what ‘new desires’ will do for you, too. Your new desires will open your eyes to fresh vision for your life. New desires and fresh vision will cause you to be revitalized and filled with joy and passion to fulfill the purpose of God.
The effects of depression and addiction can kill you if you don’t do anything to stop. If you don’t eat—you will die. If you eat nothing but the wrong things—you can die from that, too.
God has the power to change everything for you. He can keep giving you the strength you need day by day to make it. He wants you to say, “Give me this day new desires.” He is as capable of giving you new desires every day as He is capable of giving you daily bread. What is impossible to us—is possible with God. He wants you to trust Him on a new level.
Don’t worry about the damage done. A person with serious malnutrition can be restored to full health if they start eating the right things and the right amounts. Just like God is able to give you new desires, He can heal your mind and body.
Declaration: I will find new strength by daily trusting God to supply me with everything I need to survive. As I seek Him for new desires and fresh vision, He will restore and fill me so I will be able to joyfully fulfill His purpose for me.
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