After this Jesus went across the Galilee Sea (that is, the Tiberias Sea). A large crowd followed him, because they had seen the miraculous signs he had done among the sick. Jesus went up a mountain and sat there with his disciples. It was nearly time for Passover, the Jewish festival.
Jesus looked up and saw the large crowd coming toward him. He asked Philip, “Where will we buy food to feed these people?” Jesus said this to test him, for he already knew what he was going to do.
Philip replied, “More than a half year’s salary worth of food wouldn’t be enough for each person to have even a little bit.”
One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, “A youth here has five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that for a crowd like this?”
Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass there. They sat down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the bread. When he had given thanks, he distributed it to those who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish, each getting as much as they wanted. When they had plenty to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather up the leftover pieces, so that nothing will be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves that had been left over by those who had eaten.
When the people saw that he had done a miraculous sign, they said, “This is truly the prophet who is coming into the world.” Jesus understood that they were about to come and force him to be their king, so he took refuge again, alone on a mountain.
The Lord’s Prayer is a great spiritual resource. Jesus offered this simple prayer to give us words when we struggle to find our own. On Fridays during Lent, we will be practicing praying the Lord’s Prayer. Today we are focusing on the prayer, “Give us today our daily bread.” As you pray this prayer, consider your needs. Go beyond the basics of bread, water, air… Consider needs you may have for love, self-expression, purpose, rest, etc (check out the list from NVC in the picture below)
What needs are you putting before God today?
who is in heaven.
Holy is your name.
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us of our sins,
As we forgive those who have sinned against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from all evil.
For Yours is the Kingdom, Power and Glory. Forever and ever. Amen.