Whenever I make up my mind to Fast and Pray, do all kinds of food seem tasty, including those I previously would call bitter herbs. To deal with this mental challenge, I keep my mind occupied with the “why” or reason for the Fast.

Allow me to ask:

How has your appetite lately been of Heavenly things?

Have you been Fed, and who has been feeding you during this time of lockdown?

Has your desire to feed others from your “FED” been impacted?

Has your “FED” been enough for others to draw? i.e., Is the feeding to others done out of scarcity or abundance? And if so, what drives these actions?

So What does the Bible say about this?

Matthew 14:13-21 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Fed the Five Thousand13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

Point 1: We need to stop sending people away who are in need. As sons of God, we should be able to fulfill the need of those the Lord has brought to our attention, and we can do so because HE is our source .16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

Point 2: The Lord expects us, as HIS manifested sons to take Responsibility.

(17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he thanked and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people).

Point 3: The Lord gives instruction, are we following HIS instructions? Obedience is better than sacrifice. An obedient heart always liberates others. In this instance, their compliance created an overflow from which others fed.

(20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were leftover. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children).

Point 4: When all is SAID, OBEYED, and DONE, the Lord receives all the glory! From the above scripture, we see how God’s compassion led to abundance. We then need to pray that the Lord teaches us HIS compassion that will bring forth HIS miracles, signs, and wonders and draw Men to Himself. Showing compassion in the workplace causes one to offer a lending hand quickly.

Meditation: How do you react when asked to share your expertise?

Are you willing to train others who have been assigned to you well and help meet the overall team objective, or are you too competitive to accept knowledge sharing?

Let me know your thoughts,

Shalom!