Lord Jesus, I accept the testimony about you that Matthew has preserved for us here. I believe that you fed five thousand men and their families with but five loaves and two fish. I believe that you walked on water, and enabled Peter to do the same. I believe that all who touched even the edge of your cloak were healed. I worship you and say that truly you are the Son of God. I pray for myself and for ______________________ this day. Prompt us to withdraw privately to solitary places in order to pray just as you did when we are under great pressure. But by your grace may we also have compassion on those who interrupt our rest and seek a healing touch from you. I pray that we will take great encouragement from your feeding of the five thousand. We recognize that you may ask us, as you asked your disciples on that day, to take on seemingly impossible tasks with miniscule resources. May we bring to you the little that we have and trust you to multiply it beyond our ability to think or even imagine. Remind us that little is much when you are in it. When we are buffeted by adversity and find ourselves rowing against the wind, please prompt us by your Spirit to keep our eyes on you. Remind us that as long as Peter fixed his gaze on you, he was able to walk on stormy waters. Keep us from becoming preoccupied with the wind and the waves, so that we become afraid and begin to sink under the pressures of life. Prompt us to take courage in your presence, to refuse to give way to fear, and to cry out to you to save us. Please reach out your hand, as you did to Peter, and rescue us. This I pray in your name, amen.