A Word From Steve Jones
January 14th, 2019
Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve Jones here… Bread in my belly brings peace of mind. “Give us today our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11).
Bread is served at most meals. In the Western world we often call it the “staple of life”. An essential ingredient providing for life itself.
I suppose when missionary-translators seek to capture that sentiment in Matthew 6:11, they may translate to the main staple of the country. For example:
What comes to mind when you think of warm, freshly baked bread?
So intoxicating is its aroma that candle makers make candles that smell like freshly baked bread. Real estate agents love it when your home smells like fresh baked bread when they show your home to prospective buyers. Can you smell freshly baked bread now from memory? Has your mouth begun to salivate?
Spread some butter on it, slap some raspberry jam on top, garnish it with cheese, dip it in some salsa or hummus, or slop up the gravy on your plate and bread becomes our primary comfort-food. It’s always there, always available, always satisfies, always.
Our daily needs are promised. Our Heavenly Father makes this promise. The fact our daily needs are met inherently points to relationship.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, PRAY about everything… If you do this, you will experience God’s PEACE…” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT)
God’s Word tells us to prayer for our needs and the result of prayer should be peace. Our peace is due in part because of the confidence we have in the One to whom we are praying to meet our needs. My praying inescapably points to a relationship. My relationship to God.
The Lord’s Prayer or Disciple’s Prayer points to the reality of our relationship to God (Matthew 6:9-13):
We pray because we need God. We need to walk with God. We need to acknowledge our need every day.
JOIN Me in Praying for our Fellowship (November 6)
On Sunday, November 6 we’re calling on all Fellowship Churches to spend some time in their worship service to pray for the Fellowship.
Click HERE for information and tools on how to promote and conduct your “Fellowship National Day of Prayer.”
Have a blessed week,