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In Matthew 14:13-21, upon hearing the news of John the Baptist’s death, Jesus withdrew to a solitary place. However, the crowd followed, along with their needs.

This narrative is all too familiar to many of us. As we seek out solitude for ourselves, the needs of the crowd often follow closely behind. Jesus, however, did not become frustrated, but instead had compassion and turned a moment of mourning into healing for others. He then transformed this remote location into a place of abundance as He fed the thousands. Jesus did not require the resources of the nearby village to feed the hungry. He was enough. He transformed loss to life, lack to leftovers and a remote location to one of resources.

So today, as we face our own lack, may we be reminded, as Christ reminded the disciples, that even in the most remote places, He creates leftovers. He is more than enough!

This Week’s Prayer Focus [5 in 5]

Personal Prayer

1.Holy Spirit, help us to lean in to Your resources today as we seek to minister to the needs among us.
2. Lord, we know that You are more than enough and that Your resources are not limited. Expand our faith, that where we may see lack we would begin to see opportunity.
3. Lord, may Your kingdom come and Your will be done in our communities. May we utilize and depend on Your kingdom resources and not our own.

Foursquare Focus

4. Lift up our Foursquare leadership—ask the Lord to grant them wisdom and rest as they serve our family.
5. Pray for Foursquare chaplains serving worldwide. Download a list of specific prayer needs here.

Share your thoughts. See comments below, and add your own.

is the co-pastor of Ponca City Foursquare Church in Ponca City, Okla.