~Luke 11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
I like the way this verse is phrased in the Book of Luke. As you know, Luke was a physician and his occupation influenced the way he penned what the Holy Spirit inspired him to pen. For example, the Book of Luke is the only Gospel which speaks of the soldier whose ear was cut off by Peter and healed by Jesus (Luke 22:50-51). John spoke of the ear being cut off but not of the healing. Luke noted the healing in his Gospel, in my opinion, because this appealed to his physician’s background.
With that said, back to today’s verse. Luke knew as a physician how important it was for a person to feed his body daily – day by day. Luke 11:3 has a wonderful “double emphasis” – “Give us day by day our daily bread.” This teaches me how important it is for us to nourish our bodies daily or we will die.
It is the same spiritually. If we do not renew ourselves daily with the Bread of Life, the Word of God, we will find ourselves spiritually anorexic. Just as it is our responsibility to pick up food with our hand and put it into our mouths, so it is important for us to pick up our Bibles, read it and feed it to our spirit. We can read it all we want but if we do not feed it to our spirit by applying it to our lives, we are no better than an anorexic person who eats and regurgitates. I know this sounds disgusting but compare it to your spiritual life. Is this what you do?
Each morning should be a new “re-dedication” to our Lord to serve Him as best we can and with His Spirit’s guidance.
“We need a constant renewal of the divine impulse which first started us in the way of service.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon