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Confident Prayer September 10, 2022

Saturday, September 10th

 

Take5 Devotional today written by Rik Bright, Director of Facility Operations 

 

Confident Prayer

 

 

As evening approached, 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 themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.  “Bring them here to me,” he said.  And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.  They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.  The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Mathew 14:15-21

 

 

Just to be clear, confident prayer is not about being sure of ourselves or crafting the perfect prayer.  Our confidence comes from remembering to whom we are praying and resting on the power and authority God has demonstrated over and over again.

In this familiar portion of Scripture, the Disciples are focused on the fact that they don’t have enough money to do what the Lord has asked – how short-sighted!  He told them to provide food for the people so their prayer should simply have been “Ok, just show us how and we will follow.” Instead, the Disciples simply forgot what they had seen the Master do up to this point. 

A chronological reading of Scripture tells us that by this moment, Jesus had already healed leprosy, healed the centurion’s servant, healed Peter’s mother-in-law, calmed a violent sea, healed a paralytic man, healed a woman sick for 12 years, raised a girl from the dead, driven out an evil spirit, healed a demon-possessed man, changed water into wine and healed an invalid of 38 years.  His power is limitless!

When we go to Him in prayer, may we never forget to whom we are praying.

 

 

 

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