Bread and Battle
Yeshua instructed His disciples regarding effective daily prayer. In the prayer pattern He taught, He offered a model for requesting from the Almighty one’s daily food. He suggested praying, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
The Hebrew word for bread is lechem. Lechem comes from a root word which means to go out to battle, to fight, and to wage war (Strong’s #3898). Essentially, the prayer which asks for daily bread is a prayer which asks for daily battle.
Much of man’s subsistence involves battle. For instance, a war is raging in both the present World of Time, and the cosmic World Outside of Time. Rabbi Paul described this cosmic war as a powerful struggle against unseen forces. “For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm” (Ephesians 6:12, Complete Jewish Bible).
In this verse, Paul offers a summary statement regarding the veiled conflict between the powers of light and the powers of darkness. Spiritual beings are engaged in hostile warfare over every issue which concerns the Kingdom of the Most High. From the World Outside of Time, they influence individuals, provinces, and kingdoms in the natural world. They are determined to hinder the Kingdom of the Almighty.
As we eat our bread today, let us consider how close the battle might be. Then, let us learn from the One who declared, “Do not fear or be dismayed... for the battle is not yours but Elohim's. You need not fight in this battle! Stand still, and watch how ADONAI will deliver you!” (2 Chronicles 20:15, 17). We stand still in prayer.
Published July 11, 2017