What Jesus Did! 'Thanks for the Power!' — Matthew 15:35-38

Friday, July 28, 2017

Jesus told the people to sit on the ground. Jesus took the seven loaves of bread and the fish. Then Jesus gave thanks to God for the food. Jesus divided the food and gave it to the followers. The followers gave the food to the people. All the people ate and were full. After this, the followers filled seven baskets with the pieces of food that were not eaten. There were about 4,000 men there that ate. There were also women and children that ate.
— Matthew 15:35-38 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 15:35-38 NLT —  Then Jesus gave thanks to God for the food.

Key Thought

Jesus gave directions, gave thanks, and gave food so the disciples could give what the people needed to be filled and satisfied. These are wonderful blessings that Jesus gives.
When we look to him and seek to really serve him, he blesses us with power and ability above normal human capacity. This zone of blessing and ministry can also be ours if we will offer Jesus ourselves and remove the things we allow to get in the way of our faith in him.

Today's Prayer

Holy God who is able to deliver, forgive, redeem, empower, create, mend, bless ... I praise you for your love for me. I don't deserve it, but I look forward to receiving it from you one day, face to face. Until then, please help keep my faith strong. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ephesians 3:20-21
  • Psalm 66:1-7
  • 2 Corinthians 4:7


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.