The Bread Of Life

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
– John 6:35

We all wonder at times whether God hears our prayers. We have been told since we were children that He does, but if that’s true, then why doesn’t He answer all your prayers?

When we pray, we must not only pray for the things we need – or think we need. We must also thank God for not answering all our prayers, since ultimately He knows what we really need for the present, and what His plans are for our future.

Though we might not understand it now, we will undoubtedly be thankful to God that He didn’t answer all of our prayers when we look back in the months and years to come. For if He did, then we would have made a great mess of things!

For other prayers, like the healing of sick family members, we may never see why God didn’t make them well. But thankfulness is possible even then as we observe how God has enabled our faith to endure, and worked through us for the eternal good of other family members. Even when we don’t understand, we can still be thankful.

So today’s scripture reveals a powerful truth: those who are in Christ shall never hunger or thirst because God knows our needs, and satisfies our needs. As Jesus Himself promises in Matthew 6:31-33,

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Today, spend some time thanking God for knowing and supplying your spiritual and physical needs, and also for unanswered prayers.

Art by Anne Yang
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Nov 12, 2012