And he said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. (Mark 6:31)
Holy Spirit, please help us daily make time to come aside and be with Jesus.
So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to him. (Mark 6:32-33)
Thank you, Lord, for all those who come seeking you. Help them find you and find rest in your arms.
And Jesus, when he came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things. (Mark 6:34)
Jesus, thank you for your compassion on us and on all those sheep wandering by themselves with no shepherd to guide and care for them. Jesus, please teach them and us.
When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.” (Mark 6:35-36)
Father, daily we meet and hear about people who are in desparate need, who do not have this day’s bread. Show us our part in praying for them and helping them.
But he answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?” (Mark 6:37)
Jesus, once again we give you ourselves, our money, and our resources for you to use as you desire.
But he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.” (Mark 6:38 )
Holy Spirit, the needs are greater than what we have — show us what to offer Jesus for his kingdom purposes.
Then he commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fish he divided among them all. So they all ate and were filled. (Mark 6:39-42)
Father, we long to see the work of Jesus in our midst.
And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish. (Mark 6:43)
Jesus, gather up the fragments and the broken places in our lives. We offer them to you.
Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men. Immediately He made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he sent the multitude away. (Mark 6:44-45)
Holy Spirit, please help us go where Jesus sends us.
And when he had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. (Mark 6:46)
Jesus, please help us daily join you in prayer. Thank you.
Thursday: 85, 86; Genesis 46:1-7, 28-34; 1 Corinthians 9:1-15; Mark 6:30-46
Friday: 91, 92; Genesis 47:1-26; 1 Corinthians 9:16-27; Mark 6:47-56