One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” (John 6:8-9)
Jesus, help us receive every offering with thanksgiving, knowing that you can multiply it thirty, sixty, a hundredfold. Teach us throughout this diocese to receive what the youth are offering.
Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. (John 6:10)
Holy Spirit, “to everything there is a season, time for every purpose under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Please help us recognize and respond to those times when we should be sitting at the feet of Jesus rather than be up and doing.
And Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks he distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. (John 6:11)
Jesus, thank you for showing us once again that you are able to provide what we need, when we need it. Help us turn to you in our hour of need with thanksgiving.
So when they were filled, he said to his disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. (John 6:12-13)
Jesus, please gather up the fragments of my life so that none of them are lost. Use them all for your kingdom purposes.
Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.” (John 6:14)
Father, please give us sight to recognize Jesus for who he is.
Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he departed again to the mountain by himself alone. (John 6:15)
Jesus, you told us that your kingdom is not of this world. Help us seek out your kingdom rather than the kingdoms of this world. Thank you.
Monday: 89:1-18; Jeremiah 16:10-21; Romans 7:1-12; John 6:1-15
Tuesday: 97, 99, ; Jeremiah 17:19-27; Romans 7:13-25; John 6:16-27