Answered Prayer 
Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 08:45 AM - Extra Christy
The governors of Alabama and Georgia asked the people of their states to pray for rain due to the drought that has griped the southeast United States. The call for prayer has brought a shower of gripes. From folks complaining about state sponsored religion to folks who want their governor to do something about the water problem, and, for them, prayer doesn't count as "doing something".

One person observed folks would rather pray for rain than conserve water. Ouch. I resemble that remark. Prayer is suppose to be time spent with God, but too often it seems like buying a celestial lottery ticket and hoping to get lucky.

Jesus was once asked to "do something" in a crisis. It was a small famine, not a large drought. Hunger instead of thirst. There were thousands that came to hear Jesus, and no food vendors in sight. Jesus' rejects the disciples idea to send them away before dinner and the disciples reject Jesus' direction for them to feed the crowd. After all, "Doing something" like giving hungry people something to eat was too costly.

Jesus has the disciples take food inventory, thanks God for the food, and distributes it (barely a taste for a so large a mob!) Yet once the disciples shared the food as directed by Jesus there was plenty and leftovers to boot. They were the answer to their own request. They fed the crowd.

Prayer is great. Being the answer to prayer is great too.

Do Something?

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 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 eight months of a man'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."

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 set before 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 6:35-44 (NIV)

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