Welcome to Day 12 of 21 Days of Prayer + Fasting 2022. To follow along, visit FoursquarePrayer.org.
As soon as Jesus heard the news, He left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where He was headed and followed on foot from many towns. Jesus saw the huge crowd as He stepped from the boat, and He had compassion on them and healed their sick.
That evening the disciples came to Him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”
But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.”
“But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered.
“Bring them here,” He said. Then He told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, He gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up 12 baskets of leftovers. About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children!
—Matthew 14:13-21, NLT
Prayer + Reflection
- Ask God to fill you with compassion for the needs of the multitudes, whether healing, provision, wisdom, direction or forgiveness.
- Pray for the people of God to be moved to generosity, bringing their resources to Jesus to participate in God’s miraculous provision for others.
- Ask the Lord to grant you the wisdom needed to help allocate resources, bless others and overlook no one as you serve His people.
Talk with your family about someone in your community you can bless—maybe it’s another family or the local homeless population. Put together a basket of food or bag of supplies to bless them. Include encouraging letters and cards. Talk about the many ways God provides for those in need through us when we are obedient to Him, and how that helps share His love with the world.