Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.)
Do you know that Jesus is the true bread from heaven that gives you abundant life?
Friends, the people of Israel had been waiting for the prophet whom Moses had promised: The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brethren – him shall you heed (Deuteronomy 18:15). The signs which Jesus did, including the miraculous feeding of the five thousand signified that God has indeed sent him as the anointed Prophet and King. Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand is the only miracle that is repeated in all four Gospel accounts. What is the significance of this particular miracle? The miraculous feeding of such a great multitude pointed to God’s provision of manna in the wilderness for the people of Israel under Moses’ leadership (Exodus 16). This daily provision of food in the barren wilderness foreshadowed the true heavenly bread which Jesus would offer his followers. When you approach the Table of the Lord, what do you expect to receive? Healing, pardon, comfort, and rest for your soul? The Lord has much more for us, more than we can ask or imagine. Do you hunger for the “bread of life”? Do you trust in God’s provision for you and do you share freely with others, especially those who are in need?
Lord Jesus, fill me with gratitude and give me a generous heart that I may freely share with others what you have given to me. Amen. Good morning and have a TGIF!