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.