Give us day by day our daily bread.
'Give us day by day our daily bread' is a stand-alone verse in the middle of the Lord's Prayer. It is the visible Substance of our Life Preserver.
So what is this bread?
Bread is hospitality and a social bond: 'Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High' (Genesis 14:18).
Bread is worship: 'And from fine wheat flour, without yeast, make bread, and cakes mixed with oil, and wafers spread with oil. Put them in a basket and present them in it' (Exodus 29:2-3). 'Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, 'Take, eat; this is My Body' ' (Matthew 26:26) .
Bread is provision, it is blessing, it is strength. It is the product of dominion, a cooperation between God's blessing of the crops and man's labor in the fields, the mill and the bakery. Every loaf of bread is God's kindness, a demonstration of the Image of God, of God's will being done on earth as it is in Heaven, and when we eat this blessing, we receive strength. And so, of necessity, every loaf of bread is also a call to thank God' (Full Contact Christianity).*
Bread is Jesus: 'I am the Bread of Life' (John 6:35).
What does 'Day by day our daily' mean? It means day by day nourishment is essential.
'As the Israelites had manna, 'Let us have bread today for today, and tomorrow for tomorrow;' for thus we may be kept in a continual dependence upon God, as children upon their parents, and may have our mercies fresh from His Hand daily, and may find ourselves under fresh obligations to do the work of every day in the day' (Matthew Henry's Commentary).
Most likely, you've eaten bread thousands of times. What if every time you ate it, you not only thanked God for it, but also invited Him into to your home, family, life and body?
'Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me' (Revelation 3:20).
To Be Continued...
* Full Contact Christianity: http://fullcontactchristianity.org/2010/02/21/the-lords-table-the-meaning-of-bread/
'Bread of Life' study: http://www.christianityoasis.com/TellMeTheStoryOfJesus/BreadOfLife.htm
'Bread, Bread of Presence' study: http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/bread-bread-of-presence.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Bread of Life series.