Prayer and Our Relationship with God
The Father Who Gives
Scripture Reading: John 6:33-40
Key Verse: John 6:32
Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.”
The scriptures make it clear, over and over, that our Father enjoys giving. When Jesus taught us it was more blessed to give than receive, He learned that from His Father in heaven. In Matthew 7:11, Jesus explains how our Father’s love for giving far exceeds our enjoyment in giving to our children. Yes, our Father loves to give!
In our Key Verse today, Jesus explains to these Jews that it was our Father in heaven that gave them the true Bread of Life! They told stories to their children about Moses and the manna provisions for their forefathers. Jesus tries to turn their attention to the present gift, the One standing in front of them, who is the Bread of Life for all who would believe. Many of them couldn’t see it even though He was in their presence!
Before we get too harsh with them, let’s reflect on how many times our Father has blessed us and we never truly saw it was Him. How many times have you eaten without saying a prayer of blessing over your food? How many close calls have you been involved in and never realized it was your Father who gave you protection? Yes, our Father in heaven still loves to give, but so many miss His gifts. So many miss His greatest gift, Jesus Christ.
When you pray, start with “Our Father.” Stop for a moment and reflect on His Fatherhood and what it means to you. Praise Him and give Him thanks for every good gift that He has given, even those we have not recognized!
Father, forgive me when I take you for granted. Thank you for giving so much to me! My life is blessed beyond measure. Thank you in Jesus’ Name, amen.