By definition, an agrarian society depends on agriculture for subsidence. In this society, there is a direct relationship between what you do, and in what you harvest. Farmers, like fishermen are daily involved with overseeing their harvest when any simple calamity can upset plans. In this environment, indeed a great need exists for prayer for our daily bread.
Modern society is much different. Many in western society have never even seen a chicken unless it was already butchered, dressed or fried in today’s traditional styles. No direct relationship exists between work and food. No, we depend on an employer for payment when in turn we have a transfer of wealth with the process of money.
In this interdependent relationship we depend on: the farmer, the banks, roadway systems, government, doctors, hospitals, schools and many, many others for our day to day operation.
Often denizens in this modern, technological culture have any apparent need to call on God except in the most extreme circumstances such as a grave illness, injury, death or loss of job, etc.
Can you imagine in today’s marketplace attempting to:
Live day by day?
Not worrying about where you are to live, what you are to eat or else, what you will wear.
Sure> We call that being HOMELESS! Others, who have more money refer to it as extreme camping and it is a hobby.
So then, the supposition here is that:
The homeless are more connected to their own spirituality and at times, to God and nature.
The destitute are also more connected or at least possess the opportunity to embrace the very nature of God.
Those who are within the flow of things, those who are ‘rich’ have no real need for the encounter of Jesus. At least if they do, it is only on the intellectual level. Why? Because of the seemingly belief that all their other needs are met by man.
Where does these insights lead us? Do I advocate homelessness, or poverty or neglect?
Yes, if that is what is required to lead you to God.
The concept of depending on God, day by day as if eating Biblical manna that spoils after 24 hours is the relationship Jesus advocated for us to His Father.
The notion is: When we pray, we should indeed be seeking our needs daily, not looking for retirement, but daily. Accepting the risk in trusting God to meet our needs can be a scary ordeal. It is one that requires commitment and one we can easily fail.
My urgency here is to practice. I urge all to try this approach whenever we seek the audience of God. We truly then approach His throne and request OUR DAILY BREAD.