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19/07/2022 03:00 - 20/07/2022 02:00

"They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over" - Mathew 14:20 (NIV). 

The story of Jesus and feeding over 5000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish (Mathew 14: 13-21), has indeed long captured our imagination at the sheer magnitude of this feat. While many tend to focus on this miracle beyond our comprehension, there are some important lessons worthy also paying attention to.

First, we find that the caterers ensured everyone was filled to their satisfaction. In these days of scarcity who would not like to attend an event where the host tasks upon himself to ensure all are amply supplied. Wouldn't we call that a generous host! Perhaps we all can borrow a leaf from this act of never leaving out some, treating all fairly.

The other equally compelling aspect of this story is that after all were filled, the caterers picked up "all the broken pieces that were left" (vv 20). Now you would think that a people who have just witnessed such an abundance, would be the most wasteful. Rather; it was the opposite. They did not leave anything to waste. Even in those days there was concern for the environment.

In the olden days many homes had the habit of storing up left overs for morning bread. As were the disciples of Jesus. That was some sign of good stewardship, and from which enduring wealth springs.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray to practice good stewardship by not being wasteful and take good care of my environment, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).

    Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.

    As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him”  ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.

    Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).

    In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do  His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
    So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!

    Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!

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