Our Daily Bread / ? ????? ????????

On our Daily Bread

“Give us this day our daily bread” (Lk 11:3)

Further in the Lord’s prayer we find three petitions about us and our needs. How the Lord cares for the nourishment of His children! He fed His people with “the bread of angels,” sending this bread directly from heaven each day. He brought forth water for them from a rock in the wilderness. Christ fed the hungry, healed the sick, and suffered need with us not only spiritually, but also physically. In this petition, he teaches where we ought to first seek help. Turning to other people for help and being offended when they are refused, peopls should instead turn directly and simply to the Giver of everything good.

One very poor woman, when asked where she turned for help, responded: “to God, and to other peopl only through Him alone. The heart is in His power, and He can incline it to pity when He so desires.” The further we go in our spiritual life, the more we learn about our complete dependence on the will of God the Father, relying on Him in everything, every minute of our lives, until we learn the truth of the words, “without Me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5). “The body is for the Lord, and the Lord for the body” (1 Cor 6:13).

Even when the Lord refuses us anything, He Himself fills all an hundred times over. His children need not depend on external circumstances, but only on “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Deut 8:3). Even if our earthly bread is sometimes poor, then the Lord may place on it a blessing, may lay in our heart such joy, patience and gratitude, that this poor bread becomes for us rich spiritual food, from which the soul is strengthened through the deprivation of the flesh.

Original Russian text: from http://www.pagez.ru/days/index.php?id=month&month=06&day=08

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