My Daily Bread of Life

My Daily Bread of Life

When the Israelites were in the wilderness, God provided food for them in the form of manna. Exodus 16 relates the instructions they were given regarding this provision. Their guidelines included a directive to gather only enough manna to meet the needs of that day. If they gathered extra, it became wormy and unusable. If they did not gather any manna, I imagine they must have gone hungry that day.

This seems symbolic of my daily prayer time. If I am to live in a way that brings glory to God’s name, I need the power of the Holy Spirit to make that happen. When I spend time in prayer, I feel that I am gathering up God’s provision of His Spirit for me. It also seems that I can’t “pray ahead” one day to cover the next day’s need. I must go daily to the Throne of Grace, asking to be filled anew with the Spirit. It is also on those days when I didn’t do this spiritual gathering that I feel the most starved.

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit – Ephesians 5:18 (NKJV)

In the original Greek, the tense of “be filled” in this verse from Ephesians carries the meaning of “be filled and keep on being filled.” This indicates to me that although you can be completely filled, there is an ongoing need to be filled again at a later time. This reinforces that idea of a daily refilling of my spirit with the Holy Spirit.

This kind of mental imagery is helpful for me. I like thinking of my morning prayer time as “gathering my manna” for the day. God has provided all that I need and He offers it freely. It is right there waiting for me, new each day. What a gracious and generous God we serve.