A Daily Prayer based on Mark 6:31-56 for 10/23/2014

Lord Jesus, I pray today that as ______________________ and I reflect on your miraculous feeding of the 5000 you will assure us that little is much when you are in it. May we trust you to do amazing things through us even though our own resources may seem impossibly small. As you fed the crowd through the hands of the disciples, so I pray you will feed many spiritually hungry people through us. I ask you to bring a proper balance into our lives, so that we may not wear ourselves out. Teach us that it is proper, as you did with your disciples, to seek quiet places where we may find leisure and rest from the press of life, work, and ministry. May we accept the divine interruptions you bring into our lives, and not resent them. Instead, may we have your heart of compassion for people who are like sheep without a shepherd. Use us to impart truth to needy souls. There may be times when we feel as though we are rowing against a strong headwind. We see here that it is sometimes your will to allow us to continue to strain against the wind; you do not always intervene to make our passage smooth and free of adversity and resistance. May we persevere as your disciples did and continue to press ahead toward the goal you have set before us. I also pray that you will manifest yourself to us in the middle of our struggle, and grant us courage. Assure us that we have no need to fear because you are with us. I pray that you will climb into the boat with us when we are afraid and calm the winds that blow against us. Bring us through every danger we face to a place of safety and secruity. This I ask in your name as the Lord of the wind and the waves. Amen. Mark 6:31-56 31Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." 32So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. 35By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. "This is a remote place," they said, "and it's already very late. 36Send the people away so they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat." 37But he answered, "You give them something to eat." They said to him, "That would take eight months of a man's wages Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?" 38"How many loaves do you have?" he asked. "Go and see." When they found out, they said, "Five—and two fish." 39Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 40So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42They all ate and were satisfied, 43and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand. Jesus Walks on the Water 45Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray. 47When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." 51Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened. 53When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. 54As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. 55They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.

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About Bryan Fischer

 Bryan Fischer pastored for 25 years and served as the chaplain of the Idaho state senate before becoming a part of the AFA family.