“Give us this day our daily bread” Mat 6:11

It is a usual thing that we set our hearts to pray whenever we have to deliver a massage, talk to someone, or have the right words to state whatever we believe will help others. We pray for the Spirit to assist us, to do many things for us and through us, and everyone feels there is a need to grant other people their bread the right way.

The strangest thing, however, is that many come to depend so much on asking from God whatever they believe other people have and may eat from them – which is not so wrong at all – yet, they seldom do the same thing for themselves, whenever they themselves need food, whenever they set their hearts to read something.

The best food one may ever grant someone else, is the one we may have eaten ourselves, the one God has used to talk to us personally. It is heated up in our hearts and we are able to deliver it still steaming hot. That food is good for anyone to eat, for we may share in it ourselves (and we may even share ourselves as well and not merely from ourselves) – it burns in our hearts and is enabled to be believed it has come from God when it has. That is just how our daily bread is given unto us – OUR daily bread. That food will also be kept warm within a clean, spotless heart, as we usually do keep any kind of food warm for someone to come and eat still at home. It is possible to do so with that kind of food which is able to feed a spirit.

But the fact is that, people seldom look up to God for their own food: these easily grab a book, a Bible text because they do never think and believe they need to be receiving their own food from the heart of God Himself. It is such a happening that even amazes heaven to the uttermost: for people who ask to feed others are the ones to neglect their own primerary need, or such as bake and cook it themselves, usually have such wrong motives in feeding others that God will not feed them even if they ask for it. I believe the only thing important for such is but to cause a good impression more than a good distribution of food unto hungry souls. If someone hungry comes to visit you, is it important that he eats well and is fed, or that he does so from you? Is his hunger the problem or is it yours? Is it so important that God comes out to bless you in feeding others alone? Is your own soul being neglected?

If your whole heart is set to find  food for yourself (and not to ask alone) in the same way that you would use to ask for a whole gathering of people, then you pray well and know how to ask “OUR daily bread be given unto us”. It means that you might just be concerned with the well-being of people concerning God’s holy will, and that you care for yourself as you would do for your neighbour.

May you ask from God what books you will read, where in the ocean of the Bible you will find your food for a single day or month. You need to be fed in the same manner that you may want to feed others: on your knees and there alone. Is it that too hard a task for you to save yourself as well so you can save others that way, or do your prefer getting hold of the whole world (which you will loose by using God's name in vain) and starve yourself to death? Jesus said “For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mat 16:26. 

Have you a way to escape from piercing your own heart? Try from now on not to disappoint your Lord by being a deceiver, a cursed one, for the Lord said “But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen”, Mal 1:14.   

If you grant other people heavenly water, yet you drink from your own, Jesus has said something which fits you to listen to: “Whoever drinks of this water shall thirst again”, John 4:13. Are you thirsty today still? Maybe that is because you have been eating manna from yesterday, from the Library of a man of God, having your Lord so close to you. You uphold a man of God, yet neglect the God of that man, and He is a great King.

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José Mateus