Friday of 2nd Week of Easter, 28 Apr – John 6:1-15 ~ God our provider

Friday of the Second Week of Easter

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

Lord our God, your Son Jesus fed those who followed him in the desert and they received as much as they wanted. May we know and be convinced that he can fill our own emptiness not just with gifts that fill our need of the moment but with himself, and may we accept him eagerly, for he is our Lord for ever.

Reading: John 6:1-15(NLT)

After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. (It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.) Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.

Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!”

Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”

“Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.

When the people saw him do this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!” When Jesus saw that they were ready to force him to be their king, he slipped away into the hills by himself.

Reflection & Prayer:

Gracious God: In this information age, I am overwhelmed by the plight of the needy; my mind can’t begin to comprehend the depth of their distress. My personal resources seem insignificant; and yet, you fed thousands with a child’s lunch.

  • Lord, nothing escapes your attention; hear the cries of the needy and destitute.
  • Lord, provide for them, both physically and spiritually, out of the abundance of your grace.
  • Lord, multiply the generous giving of your people through Christian agencies.
  • Lord, give wisdom and discernment to Christians in the distribution of resources.
  • Lord, protect us all from the wiles and deceit of the evil one who would subvert their efforts.

God our Provider: All that I have comes from you, use me as you will to advance your Kingdom and bring honor to your name. Through my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

“Provider” – Urban Rescue


Concluding Prayer

The Lord is my light and my salvation — so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? – Psalm 27:1 (NLT)

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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