Respond to Jesus Who Fed The Multitude (24 May)
Scripture text: Mark 6:30-44
Sermon podcast: Feeding the Multitude – Elder Bruce Lockhart on 24 May 2020
Dear Father in heaven, we praise You anew today. We remember the miracles that you performed while you walked this earth and thank You for the reminder through today’s message, that You are Lord over science and nature. You made science as we understand it today, and You can most certainly defy the laws of science and nature if You so will. We marvel at the profound simplicity of the miracle of feeding the five thousand – there was no need for fireworks or theatrics, just the basic act of breaking and dividing five loaves and two fish repeatedly, until five thousand people were fed. Oh Lord, how great You are! How perfect are the works of Your hands!
Thank You that You are a God that takes care of not just our spiritual state, but of our physical needs as well. Whether we are sick, well, hungry or fed, we know that You care for us. We know that the very hairs on our head are numbered and that you knit us while we were still in our mothers’ womb. Thank You, Lord, for this blessed assurance that we are Yours and that You will take care of us. We pray that as we take up our ministry to serve You, that You will grant us wisdom to pace ourselves, and to rest when needed, so that we will not burn out. We pray especially for those in full-time ministry, that they get sufficient rest in the midst of their busy schedules. In meeting others’ emotional and spiritual needs, they may not have time nor space of their own. Guard their hearts and minds, Lord. Please guard all of our hearts and minds, so that we can run the race set out for us and lift others up when they are weak.
Above all, Lord, please teach us to have compassion and to channel Your love and provision in this self-centric world. You have said in Your Word that the first and greatest commandment is to love You with all our heart, soul and mind, and that the second is to love our neighbours as ourselves. Who are our ‘neighbours’, Lord? Please help us discern this – some of them may be the most unexpected people! And while we know that human love is imperfect, we have the privilege of knowing Your perfect love. So please, Lord, we pray, help us to truly love others with the love of Christ. Please give us wisdom to balance our resources well so that we can provide for others holistically, through the provision of basic needs and shelter if required, and so that we can minister to them by caring for their emotional, physical and spiritual needs, just as you have done for us.
Lord, we know that nothing is impossible with You, and we look forward to being awestruck and amazed at the miracles that You have in store for us. Teach us to trust and have faith in You in all matters, and draw us closer in our daily walk with You. We pray all this in Jesus’ most precious name, Amen.