BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."
Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.
Wisdom to chew on
Understanding to grow in
As the disciples are sent out the cost of following Jesus becomes increasingly apparent. It is to follow the way of the cross. But we also see just how worthy Jesus is of our all. He miraculously feeds the people like God fed Israel in the desert. He is listened to even by Moses and Elijah, God's two greatest spokesmen from the Old Testament. He is able to cast out evil, and will one day return in glory to judge all people and fully establish his kingdom. As you read note what Jesus teaches about the cost of following him and consider its implications for you.
Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.
Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.