A short devotion for 2nd August

Call to worship

Let us come together to share in God’s love, to left our hearts and voices in praise and worship, to seek God’s blessing with a new and deep experience of God’s power and generosity. Amen

Mighty God of miracles, we come before you. We imagine what it might have been like being part of a crowd of 5000. There are far fewer of us here today, but we think about the people other Churches in our town, villages, and country, also worshipping you. Bind us together by your great love, as we gather in spirit to meet with you. Amen

Bible Reading

  • Isaiah 55:1-5
  • Matthew 14:13-23

Confession

Sometimes Lord, I don’t trust you to meet my needs, to take care of me, to feed me with food both physical and spiritual.
Forgiven by you, I can start anew.

Sometimes, Lord, I’m anything but prepared for my journey with you.
Forgiven by you, I can start anew.

Sometimes, Lord, I look for my own ways out of a situation, instead of seeking and trusting you.
Forgiven by you, I can start anew. Amen

Lord God of compassion and boundless blessings, we are full of amazement that you care so greatly for the needs of your people. We worship and adore you for your generosity, your love, and your power. Amen

Message: What did Jesus pray for?

Text

Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to
heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves.
Matthew 14:19

Introduction

A short time ago we asked ourselves the question ‘What should we pray for? Today we are going to look at some of the things that our Lord Jesus prayed for. Jesus took time each day to spend with His Father, He would go away alone just to pray and so should we. A private time when we can open our hearts to God in prayer, share with Him things we would not talk to anyone else about “But when you pray go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6

By looking at some of things that Christ prayed for, we can get guidance on how to pray and expect God to answer us.

1 JESUS PRAYED FOR:-

Before He started his Ministry, Christ prayed, And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:21-22.

No matter what Christian Ministry we are called too, we must first surrender fully to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. That can only happen in lives that totally belong to Jesus. After the disciples returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives after Jesus was taken up to Heaven we read in Acts 1:14, They all joined together constantly in prayer.

2 JESUS PRAYED FOR PEOPLE’S NEEDS:

In our reading from Matthew 14:13-23, we see a large crowd of about five thousand that had followed Jesus even when He crossed over in a boat to what He thought would be a quiet place only to discover that they were waiting for Him. They wanted to hear and see more and Luke sums up for us how Jesus felt towards them, When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. Matt. 14:14. The passage we are looking at is not to be confused with the feeding of the Four Thousand in Matthew 15:29-39; they are two different occasions. The disciples were concerned that the multitude had been there all day and eaten nothing, it was a lonely place, there were no shops or market to buy food and many had come a long way.

You see Jesus had met the peoples spiritual needs; they had listened to the words He had to say, then He met their physical needs. He healed the sick and now He was to meet their practical need, they needed food in order to walk back home and so Jesus took what little the disciples had and turned met the needs of all, and I am sure that He and the disciples would have been included in the distribution.
It is wonderful what Jesus can do when we surrender what little we have to Him.

3 JESUS PRAYED BEFORE HE MADE A DECISION

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designed apostles. Luke 6:12-13. It is clear that Jesus felt the need to consult His Father on this very important decision and get His guidance on this matter. As we face every decision even with our best intelligence we also need to be open to God spending more time on our knees seeking direction from Him, if we did we would make fewer mistakes. Our heavenly Father would prevent us making some tragic mistakes if we would seek His counsel.

4. JESUS PRAYED ON THE CROSS FOR THOSE WHO CRUCIFIED HIM

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34. If our Lord could pray such a prayer, while hanging on the cross then we too with His help will be willing to forgive those who have wronged us. Pray that Jesus will help us to have an attitude of forgiveness toward all who mistreated us. Look at the Lord’s Prayer, ‘Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.’ Luke 11:4. The last thing Christ prayed on the cross was when He committed His soul to the care of His Father. “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Luke 23:46.

CONCLUSION

We have just looked very briefly at some of the things that our Saviour prayed for. The example that He has given in His own prayer life on earth is one that we too should follow. Like the Lord Jesus we too should commit our souls into his hands. We can trust Him for guidance, for council as we commit to Him our ways. We can even face even death because we have committed ourselves to the love and mercy of God, who saves all who call on Him. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Rom. 10:13

Come to Him without delay. In His word He shows the way. Pray God, confess your sin and know His peace within.

Prayers of Intercession

Lord we approach your throne in Jesus Name and bring before you our Queen, our government and governments around the world struggling with the virus and how to meet the needs of their people.

We pray for people who are hungry, for parents who struggle to feed their children, and themselves. We thank you for the work of food banks, and pray that they would have the resources to continue to meet so many needs. We pray that you would give us an appreciation of our food, the work that goes into producing and distributing it. Teach us not to be wasteful, but to preserve and pass on the goodness of your earth. Amen

Blessing

Please make us grateful for the food we have, and may we always be ready to share our blessings.

May the blessing of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit be with us all this day and for evermore. Amen