John 6: 1-13
Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is the sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Feast was near.
When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
Philip answered him, “Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
Another of the disciples, Andrew, Simon Perter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
Impossible things were accomplished by Jesus–the sick healed, sins forgiven and even over five thousand fed with only a small boy’s lunch. How could these things be? My thought is that Jesus completely knew the Father well enough to know that he would supply everything needed to accomplish his will. When Jesus prayed, he simply gave thanks knowing his Father would supply. It is my belief if we knew the Father better, we would have faith to believe God will supply all that is needed to accomplish his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. This would be done for his glory and not ours.
Holy Father we desire to know you and your will for our lives that we may bring glory and honor to you and your Son. Forgive us when we try to steal your glory when you answer our prayers. We ask that you increase our faith to believe every word and promise that you have made to us. Father in Jesus’ name we ask that you keep us humble, filled with your love and grace that the world may see your light in us, amen.