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Prayer: You Feed Five Thousand Men

Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”

He replied, “You give them something to eat.”

They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” (About five thousand men were there.)

But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

Luke 9:12-17

Lord, thank You for encouraging us to help feed hungry people. You want us to give our share, and you will multiply it. Each of us is invited to participate.

Even the apostles were unable to feed such a crowd, but they still listened to Your voice. Give us their obedience and trust in You.

Lord, thank You for being fed every day because You fill our tables with all commodities. Give us an awareness of how each bite is precious, a gift from Your hands.

Teach us to share what we have with others. Change our hearts to become generous, compassionate, and open to the plights of our neighbors.

Give us joy that we can see a brother or sister in our encounters, even if they are different from us. Refugees and members of other religions are not our enemies but brothers and sisters, Your creation. Call us to accept them in everything, even in poverty and otherness.

Lord, I thank you for all the gifts and donations, which will be used to feed families and individuals applying for assistance.

Lord, give donors and volunteers abundant blessings and peace because they help enforce Your work of mercy! Give people who receive your help strength, courage, and the opportunity to take new steps in their lives—with dignity!

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