LIGHT OF THE WORLD PRAYER GROUP, CCRN
OUR LADY QUEEN OF NIGERIA CATHOLIC PROCATHEDRAL,
AREA 3, GARKI, ABUJA
FRIDAY 11TH, DECEMBER, 2020
TOPIC: IT’S MORE THAN FOOD.
TEXT: MATTHEW 4:4
Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Christmas celebration is at hand and people are running helter skelter looking for food, drinks and clothes to wear. Crime rate is at its peak because people want physical things to look gorgeous. As children of God, our own preparation should not just be physical but more of spiritual. It should be a period of sober reflection and a time of purification to be ready to welcome the King of kings worthily at Christmas.
Our anchor scripture for today tells us that man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. This is very true but it took God forty years to teach the people of Israel this lesson. Six days a week God gave them “manna” to eat. The word manna is not a name; it is the question “What is that?” And every morning the people had to answer their own question: “This is food provided by the word of God.”
Moreover, during the forty years wilderness experience of the Israelites, their clothes did not wear out (Deut 8:3,4). God was teaching them every day that He takes care of His people simply by the word of His mouth. Ordinarily, we need the baker and the seamstress, the grocery store and the clothing store. But God is not dependent on them. He is God. All He has to do is to speak, and the rain falls or the sun shines, all creation came into being by the spoken Word, the widow’s jar of oil and flour did not run out just at His spoken Word. Learn to live by the Word of God.
You don’t have life when you have food in your stomach, clothing on your body and a roof over your head. Rather, you have life when you listen to what comes out of the mouth of God. That is real living and that is what life is all about. Real living requires the Word of God because they are principles for successful living. It is like the manual given to new drivers to operate new cars. The Word of God is the word of life because in its pages we meet Jesus who is the way, the truth, and the life.
Beloved brethren, as we await His coming, it is important we understand that the celebration of Christmas and indeed, life in general is not just about food; eating and drinking. We must not get caught up in the worldly style of focusing on food rather than on the King of glory whom we expect at Christmas. Therefore, as you prepare for His coming, let’s use this period to re-connect with our LORD Jesus as we eat His Word daily and listen to Him for instructions and obey as we receive them.
**Do you know that you don’t trust in bread, not even in material things, but trust in God alone?
**Do you know that real life and deepest satisfaction and nourishment is not from food but from the Word of God?
**Do you know that God can, with a mere Word, reveal Himself and meet your needs when all else look hopeless?
** Lord give me the grace to always live by Your Word and not on bread.
** Lord, reveal Yourself to me as l feed on Your Word.
1 Corinthians 10:3, John 6:51, Revelation 2:17, Deuteronomy 8:3,4.
Remember, o most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implore thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, o Virgin of virgins, my mother, to thee I come, before thee I stand sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petition but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.