A Prayer When You Don’t Have Enough
By Betsy de Cruz
“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 distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.” – Mark 6:41, NIV
I never worried about money until my kids went to college. As we hunkered down to help pay for their studies, unexpected extra expenses always cropped up and made my heart lurch. During our son’s sophomore year, we had a medical situation, a broken refrigerator, and a paycheck problem all in the same month. I wondered if our bank account would stretch far enough.
I’m sure you also have times when the money in the bank seems too small for your whopping bills. Or maybe you feel like you don’t have enough time and strength for the job, or enough wisdom for the decision.
When resources are in short supply, we start to focus on our lack.
That’s what the disciples were doing when Jesus asked them to feed the 5,000 people. “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they said (Luke 9:13). Jesus, however, took the little they had, lifted it to heaven and gave thanks. Then he put what they had to use. Man’s scarcity turned to God’s abundance as they broke the loaves to feed 5,000 people and later gathered 12 baskets of leftovers.
What resource are you lacking today?
Is your bank account shrinking, your refrigerator empty, or your closet looking sparse? Maybe you don’t have enough time to get all the things done. Maybe you lack strength to get through your latest challenge. You ran out of patience for your kids. Will you join me in taking 3 steps?
1. Bring what you have to Jesus and entrust it to His care.
The disciples brought what they had to Jesus. Even Jesus himself lifted up the two fish and five loaves to His Heavenly Father. Let’s bring our small resources to Jesus, so He can multiply them.
2. Give thanks for God’s supplies.
After Jesus lifted up the small meal to heaven, He gave thanks. Rather than focus on what we don’t have, let’s give God thanks for what He has already supplied us.
3. Focus on God’s abundance rather than your lack.
Trust God to supply what you need out of His abundant resources. Praise Him for His love, power, and faithfulness.
Let’s develop a mindset of abundance rather than scarcity. God has more than enough to supply every need.
Heavenly Father, you know my needs. My time is little and my strength is small, but I bring them to you. Sometimes it seems like the money in the bank is never enough, but I bring what I have to you, and I entrust it into your care. All I have is yours, and I know you will supply all I need.
Lord, forgive me for focusing on the things I lack, and open my eyes to the riches I already possess. Thank you for what you have given me already. Help me trust you to meet all my needs.
Lord, I praise you because you are the God of abundance. Your love never runs out. Your wisdom never fails. Your strength never runs short. Your blessings overflow in my life and bring joy to my heart.
Help me to rest in your sufficiency when I lack resources. I praise you because you have the power to work miracles when my supplies run short. Open my eyes to the table of blessing you have laid out before me and help me trust in your abundant supply.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Betsy de Cruz helps overwhelmed women take small steps to invite more of God’s presence and power into their lives. Connect with Betsy to get your free Quiet Time Renewal Guide and other resources at FaithSpillingOver.com. Her book More of God is a distracted woman’s guide to more meaningful quiet times. After living in the Middle East for 16 years with her husband and two children, Betsy landed in Texas, where she still enjoys drinking chai with friends.
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