2021 Prayer | Day One

DAY ONE

I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE PRAYER

“ I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
JOHN 6:35, NRSV

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Jesus, Bread of my Life, You Alone Nourish and Fulfill Me

Who doesn’t like the smell, taste, and texture of warm fresh bread from the oven? Bread is the embodiment of nourishment. In all its forms, bread is the most widely consumed food in the world. Historical research suggests bread has been part of the human diet for at least 30,000 years! In the Bible, bread is mentioned more than 400 times. So when Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life,” his listeners took notice.

Not long after Jesus fed 5,000 people (John 6:1-14), the crowd was hungry for more. Yet they weren’t hungry for what Jesus was really offering, they just wanted more bread. Jesus came to feed our deepest hunger—our soul’s hunger for eternal connection with God.

But there’s more. We also hunger for love, purpose, safety, protection. We hunger to be known, for joy and peace—the list goes on. We often experience deeper longings and hunger that we may not even be aware of. While we naturally seek to satisfy our hunger, we may discover that a deeper hunger, a wanting something more, persists.

Just as physical bread satisfies our physical hunger, Jesus longs to satisfy the deepest hungers of our hearts. Jesus’s gift of eternal life through faith is vast and deep and about more than going to heaven. He longs to satisfy and nourish every dimension of our lives.

He said he came that we might have abundant life, which touches every aspect of life in soul-satisfying fulfillment. When we are hungry for more, we sometimes look everywhere but to our true Source for nourishment and fulfillment. But Jesus reminds us, “I am the bread of life.”

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For Reflection

• Do you have areas in your life where you feel unsatisfied?

• How might drawing closer to Jesus satisfy your hunger?

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BREATH PRAYER

CENTER your body and mind to be with Jesus.

NAME in one word something you hunger for.

SLOWLY INHALE, “Jesus, Bread of my life.”

SLOWLY EXHALE, “You alone nourish and fulfill me.”

REPEAT the breath prayer until you feel Jesus’s peace.

LOOK AND LISTEN for Jesus to share ways he satisfies your hunger today.

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