|Dear Lord, even when you wanted to be
alone with your friends, a large crowd kept following you to hear
your word and to feel your healing touch. Moved by their need for a
shepherd, you taught them and cured their sick. And when evening
came and you noticed their weariness and hunger, you made them sit
down on the grass and gave them an abundance of bread and fish so
that they would be strong enough to return home safely.
What strikes me, Lord, is that those who follow you without worrying
about food and rest receive all they need. Your response to the
tempting devil, "Man does not live by bread alone, but on every word
that comes from the mouth of God," comes back to mind in this event
at the lakeside. Those who hunger for your word also receive enough
to eat. You indeed care for those who have taken the risk to follow
you to lonely places.
O Lord, never let my desire for food or shelter take preference over
my desire to hear your word and be healed by your touch. I want to
follow you, and trust that you will indeed give me what I need when
I need it.
Deepen and strengthen my trust.
Prayers from the Genese