Purpose of Prayer - Feb 10 & 11

Purpose of Prayer

How to Receive A Miracle

“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So He began teaching them many things. By this time it was late in the day, so His disciples came to Him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But He answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to Him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?” “How many loaves do you have?” He asked. “Go and see. [How much bread is in the crowd]” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.” Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So, they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 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 His disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.” Mark 6:34-44 (NIV)

“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So, He began teaching them many things. By this time, it was late in the day, so His disciples came to Him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But He answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to Him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages!”” Mark 6:34-37b

1) I Admit That I Have A Problem/Need

a) The Disciples Procrastinated

“… it’s already very late.” Mark 6:35b

Procrastination NEVER solves problems it only magnifies them…

b) We Avoid Responsibility

“Send the people away…” Mark 6:36

c) We Worry About Our Problems

“But He answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to Him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages!”” Mark 6:37

2) I Assess What I Already Have

“How many loaves do you have?” He asked. “Go and see. [How much bread is in the crowd]” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”” Mark 6: 38

3) I Give God What I Have.

“Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”” John 6:9

How did the boy give?

  • Willingly
  • Cheerfully
  • Immediately

Why don’t we give like that?

  • We’re worried we might go hungry
  • We Think “What is the use?”

God will use whatever I give Him.

“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 His disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.” Mark 6:41

4) I Expect God To Multiply What I Give Him

“They all ate and were satisfied…” Mark 6:42

“… and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.” Mark 6:43