Jesus looked up and saw many people coming toward him. Jesus said to Philip, "Where can we buy enough bread for all these people to eat?" (Jesus asked Philip this question to test him. Jesus already knew what he planned to do.) Philip answered, "We would all have to work a month to buy enough bread for each person here to have only a little piece!"
— John 6:5-7 NLT
"Be careful what you pray for, you may get it!" My experience with major church outreach efforts has been mixed. Some of them have gone bust—much prayer, planning, and effort with not much visible result. Others have seen such overwhelming and unanticipated response that we were left scrambling to handle all the "opportunities" that God placed upon us. Let's confess something about our plans to do great things for God: God already knows what he is going to do. The issue isn't God; it's our faithfulness. God can and will make us more than we are for special times of ministry and mission. That's not only his promise to us; it's his track record through the centuries. So when presented with great opportunities, let's not resort to the greatest killer of all: "We can't." Instead, let's go to God and pray fervently for his guidance, our faith, and our willingness to work for his glory.
Father, you are the God who is able to do far more than I can even dream. However, I confess that my abilities to execute challenging plans and see beyond my own limitations can make me hesitant to seize the great opportunities you place before me. Give me a clearer and broader vision of your will, your work, and your power. Give me a more willing heart to work hard and dream larger dreams. Do your work through me and surprise me with the results. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- John 14:12-14
- Ephesians 3:14-21
- John 5:20
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.