Today’s Key Scripture (all references NKJV unless otherwise noted:
And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all. So they all ate and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish.
— Mark 6:41-43
Two different times, as recorded in the New Testament, Jesus took a small amount of food, multiplied it miraculously and fed a huge multitude. In the instance recorded in Mark 6, Jesus taught a multitude of 5000 men, plus women and children. It was a remote area and when it got late, the disciples wondered what to do.
Several points stand out that should help us see ourselves more clearly today:
- Preparation for a miracle requires an honest accounting of the current situation.
- As with the lad who volunteered his five loaves and two fish, we must willingly give God what we have.
- We should expect God to work miracles when we pray in faith. That is what He does! He desires to pour out miracles and multiplication upon His children.
Said Augustine, “Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.”
Get honest with God about your need.
Seek a holy dissatisfaction with the way things are today.
Prepare for miracles.
Expect God’s intervention.
Then get ready for a new dimension of praying more effectively!
A Prayer for Today:
Precious Lord Jesus, I desire to see the miraculous, but I especially yearn to get closer and closer to You. I want to spend time in intimate communication. I am hungry for more of You. You are my hope, and I need You every hour of every day. Your word tells me to hold fast to the confession of my hope without wavering because You are faithful. Lord, I am holding fast, refusing to waver. I’m trusting in Your promises. Fill me with Your fullness and help me to follow You today in everything I do. Amen!