“Give us this day our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11, NKJV).
Bread is a symbol of basic sustenance. Jesus taught us to pray, entrusting our most fundamental needs into the hands of Daddy God. Bread does not only represent food; it represents everything that we need… not only for surviving, but for flourishing.
As Jesus explained to us, our Abba knows what we need even before we even bring it up to Him in conversation. And yet, He still taught us that this trusting request for daily bread is a vital part of prayer. You see, Daddy wants to hear from us about our needs. He delights in the time we spend with Him!
This week, the Father has gone beyond meeting my needs and just plain given me some Daddy kisses on top of it all. I just have to share it with you! Here’s the backdrop to the story: The way the Peruvian government has organized our lockdown, only men can leave their houses on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Only women can go out for basic supplies on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. On Sundays, no one at all can go anywhere except for emergencies.
Sunday morning, then, we realized we were out of eggs and bread. We had plenty of other food, so we made do. But I missed my morning eggs and my afternoon sandwich. Guess what? Without me saying anything to anyone, Monday morning when I woke up, my kitchen had a new, generous supply of eggs. A kind and generous soul had spontaneously delivered them to our door. And you know Who put them up to it!
That afternoon, after the grocery stores were already closed (they are only allowed to be open until 10:00 am), my brother-in-law also managed to get me some fresh wheat bread. I still don’t know how he did it.
Yes, Daddy God heard the sigh of my heart, and He answered. I hadn’t even specifically made the request. He just cares that much about what matters to us. I hadn’t anticipated being able to have eggs or sandwiches right away, but He wanted me to have them! He loves me. I like to think of myself as the one Daddy loves. Do you think of yourself that way? Whether you do or not, that’s who you are!
I sense that today, through this post, He wants me to tell you how much He loves you. How much He cares about everything you are going through right now. And how much every big and little thing that is important to you, is important to Him. He longs for you to know how special you are.
It’s precisely because you delight His heart so much that He loves to hear you share your needs with Him… even though He already knows by heart what they are. He just loves to hear you share with Him, period. He especially loves it when you share your needs with childlike trust and anticipation that He is going to meet every last one of them. When you trust Him, it melts His Daddy’s heart.
(An aside. This is why He didn’t want the Israelites to hoard manna. He deeply wanted to know that they trusted Him. He yearned for them to walk in the understanding of how entirely loving and faithful and powerful He is as a Provider. The spoiled manna that they experienced was a spiritual picture. It represents what happens in our hearts when we put our trust in other things instead of in Him. Nothing good comes of misplaced trust and dependency. Besides, it’s utterly unnecessary! The Father is so, so loving. So, so worthy of trust. He will take perfect care of you and the ones that you love.)
I’ll share one more little pertinent anecdote with you from this week. My Lily is a refreshing reminder of these principles. She walks and lives in that childlike trust in her Daddy God. When she found out the other day that a family we love was short on food, she emptied out all her savings and gave it to them. She had the biggest smile on her face as she did so. She knows that there’s plenty more where that came from. She knows how loved she is!
So, my dear friend, let’s snuggle in and enjoy being His little ones this Holy Week. He’s got us. And what joy it brings Him to supply everything we need!
“For he who touches you touches the apple of His eye” (Zech. 2:8, NKJV). That’s you! You are the apple of His eye.
In what special ways has Daddy God been showing you His love during this time of quarantine?
If you have ten minutes, this video is well worth watching all the way through to the end. This precious Irish pastor shares from the depths of his heart about God meeting him at his lowest point, and showing him how loved he is.