Mark 6:41

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What Jesus Prayed

And he took the five loaves and the two fish and looking up towards heaven, he blessed
the food and broke the loaves. He kept giving them to the disciples to set before them.
And he divided up two fish among them all.
Mark 6:41
Here is a well-known depiction of Jesus' miraculous feeding of thousands of people. The disciples had worked hard on their first missions trip. Fatigued and hungry and while trying to rest, they were approached by a demanding crowd, and instead of avoiding the interrupters, Jesus heals and teaches. But instead of merely dismissing them, Jesus chooses also to feed them.
It's not surprising that Jesus would desire to provide food for this great throng of folks. The method by which so many were satisfied by one person's lunch is unfathomable. Jesus took every opportunity to demonstrate his divine nature by showing both his love and care for people and his power to meet needs.
We also notice that Jesus didn't just rashly begin handing out food like crazy. Rather, he prayed first. It's amazing, this Jesus, who was there with God hanging stars, dividing light and darkness and when mankind was created, took time to acknowledge God in prayer with thanksgiving. He was feeding thousands with the very food he had created.
This pause of thanks must not be lost on us. Basic gifts of sustenance, all the gifts of life that God supplies to all men are innumerable. So, just for today, once each hour, choose to pause and pray with thanksgiving. Following Jesus involves learning his ways. Pause, like Jesus did, and give thanks.
Linda Miller | Ministry Development 

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