Yeshua (Jesus) taught us to pray. “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).1 In the Greek, this verse uses the aorist imperative tense of the verb; it is a demand: “Give me!” According to the Scripture we are to “come boldly unto the throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16, KJV). However, it is only because of Christ that we can enter boldly into the presence of the Father. We have no standing in ourselves. We have no worthiness. There is no reason why God would listen to us or give us anything. But in Christ we can come boldly before the throne of grace and demand our daily bread. I do not think Yeshua was talking about physical bread because God already knows we need food (Matthew 6:8). Instead, He is relating the concept of bread to something greater. What do we need so dearly that Yeshua would tell us to come with such a demand? It is Christ Himself.
Yeshua said, “It is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world” (John 6:32–33). God gives the true bread out of heaven that gives life to the world. Therefore, this request for bread is really a request based on life or death. You either have life by virtue of the bread of heaven or you have death because you are without this bread. The crowd following Yeshua said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread” (John 6:34). In response to their request, Yeshua identified exactly what we are looking for and said, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst” (John 6:35).
The reason we ask for bread is because we are hungry. We must hunger after Christ. When you stop being hungry, you stop asking. One of the last things people experience when dying from starvation is that they stop being hungry. This is a picture of the Church in this generation. Too many people have stopped being hungry. When you die from starvation, you do not know that you are starving. Your body stops asking for food. When it comes to our need for the bread from heaven, Christ is saying, “Never stop asking. Do not lose your hunger. Come before the Father every day and demand Christ in your life.” We could respond to that by saying, “I have already received Christ. I believe. I ate the bread of heaven, and I am saved.” But if Yeshua were talking about the salvation experience, why would He say that we need to come daily and demand this bread? There is a presence of Christ that we must have in our lives daily. We are not talking about the initial salvation experience. We are talking about the daily partaking of Christ, a daily filling of His presence, and He teaches us to cry out for that filling: “Father, give me Christ today. Let me partake. Let me eat of Him and of His presence today.” We bring into existence the Kingdom of God in the earth as we partake of Him. Every day we are receiving Christ our daily Bread. We eat Him; we digest Him, and we manifest Him in our lives.
1 All Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB1995).