Have you ever considered what is commonly called the Lord’s Prayer? In the Good News recorded by Matthew, Jesus says this is how we should pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.*
For most people in the western world, getting our bread is convenient; certainly not mystical or super-natural – unless you consider standing in line at the grocery store a deeply spiritual experience. It would seem that in our modern age, we spend more time praying about bread than for bread. In other words, we tend to focus on the thing rather than the one who provided the thing. What’s the big deal about that?
In the Good News of Jesus according to John, chapter 6, Jesus is healing people, a crowd gathers and starts to follow him because of the healing he is doing. Then Jesus feeds the whole crowd with just a bit of bread. Later, the crowd meets up with Jesus again and they’re looking for more bread. In verse 26 Jesus says to the crowd, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.”
The issue was they wanted the bread but not the one who provided it.
Do you find yourself wanting the things that your Dad in heaven provides without much interest in having a relationship with him?