"Bread of Life"
July 20, 2012
(Jesus said) "He who comes to Me will never go hungry...." John 6:35b
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour
I've been told that in their private moments politicians admit that a leader can get away with doing many bad things if he is clever enough to make sure that none of his people go hungry. These leaders know the negative impact an empty stomach can make.
Truly, the desire to have a full belly is a mighty big motivator. Consider
• a hungry man will put his life on the line for food;
• a hungry man will lower himself beyond normal imagining just to get food;
• a hungry man does not consider his dignity important when he desperately scavenges through garbage to find something to eat.
Earthly hunger is a powerful motivator. Now, let me ask, are people equally hungry when it comes to God?
• Do they pursue their spiritual needs as powerfully and with the same degree of commitment as they do their physical needs?
• Are they ready to humble themselves before the Lord and ask Him to fill the emptiness in their souls?
• And are they ready to be led to the life-giving Bread from Heaven: Jesus, God's Son, our Savior?
In Scripture, Jesus extended an invitation to all of sinful humanity. He called upon them to come and be fed by Him. He encouraged them to be filled with Him who is the only One who can save their souls, change their tomorrows, and grant them peace and joy for the living of every day.
Because Jesus has done all this to feed our starving souls we pray ...
THE PRAYER: Lord, we thank You for being our eternal Bread of Life. This I pray in the Name of the crucified and ever-living Savior. Amen.
Biography of Author: Today's international devotion was written by our co-workers at the Lutheran Hour Ministries office in Lebanon. Beginning in 1950 LHM-Lebanon, known in-country as Middle East Lutheran Ministry (MELM), uses locally produced radio programming in Arabic that utilizes Bible studies, meditations with hymns, Bible readings, commentaries, and plays to share the Gospel with people in countries throughout the region. From its ministry center in Beirut, local Bedouin receive the message of God's love as well.
To learn more about our International Ministries, click here or visit www.lhmint.org.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries