Jesus, Bread of Life – prayers inspired by John 6.35-58

Christ the Saviour with Eucharist by Spanish Renaissance artist Vincente Juan Masip

Bread of Life by Lisa Degrenia
Jesus said to them, “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

Blessed Jesus,
Bread of Life, Bread of Heaven
coming down for us
lashed and leavened
hidden and risen

Help us hunger for you alone

Nourish us with your word and ways
Satisfy us with the feast of you

Give us this day our daily bread

You are food for the journey of faith and action
You are drink for the journey home
Life now and eternal life
Blessed be your name

Bread in the Wilderness by Lisa Degrenia
This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. – John 6:50

In the wilderness of this season
I come face-to-face with my dependence
my deepest needs, my deepest wounds
my deep capacity for denial and destruction

I come face-to-face with me
and face-to-face with you

Reveal everything I need to see
everything I need to know
everything I need to feel

Reveal and refocus my appetites
Feasting on you… your bread in place of my shame
Nurtured and nourished by your grace and hope

Reveal and heal, Blessed One
Reveal and make whole
So I may live

Morning by Morning by Lisa Degrenia
Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever, and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” – John 6:51

Morning by morning
Like the sunrise
Like manna

Morning by morning you waken and provide
You open my eyes to your presence and desire for this day
You open my ears to your encouragement, truth, and grace
You know my weakness, my weariness
You open me to your sustaining

Morning by morning you waken and provide
Now open my mouth to share what first found me
In every season and circumstance
With every soul along the way

Morning by morning you waken me
My eyes, my ears
My mouth, my heart

Morning by morning you waken me
To You and to all
Like the sunrise
Like manna
Great is your faithfulness!

Continue your prayers of adoration and commitment


I’m posting prayers based on the Gospel of John throughout the seasons of Lent and Easter this year. Thanks for coming along with me on the journey. – Lisa <><

John 6:35, 41-51 is read on Year B — Season after Pentecost — Proper 14 (19)
John 6:51-58 is read on Year B — Season after Pentecost — Proper 15 (20)

Jesus, Bread of Life prayers © 2023 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia. You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting without asking permission. It’s always a treat to hear from you if you’re using it. Leave a comment for information and permission to publish this work in a book, blog, etc.

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