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This week’s devotions were written by Pastor Jeff Bulthuis, and they are based on materials from the GEMS organization. May God help us all to “bring the message” to those around us!
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
41 At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”
43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. 44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:44
Have you ever said these words: “It seems like the only thing that I can do right now is to pray for the situation; I wish there was more that I could do!” I think that we all feel that way at different times – we wish that we could help in more tangible, measurable ways!
The funny thing is, there’s probably no better way to help than by praying. When we think about sharing the love of God to those around us, prayer might be one of the most effective way to do that. As Christians, we know that prayer changes things – it’s a way for us to storm the throne room of God, to approach the King of Kings, to appeal to the most powerful Person in all the universe.
And praying is a great way to begin the ministry of bringing the message to others, too. In John 6, we hear Jesus telling the world about who He is – and it’s a hard message to receive. Understandably, the people wonder what Jesus is talking about and how to interpret His words. Jesus gives this amazing answer: the only way we can come to Christ is if God the Father draws us to Him!
Prayer also helps us to have the right perspective in bringing the message to those around us; prayer helps us understand that God doesn’t desire that anyone should perish (2 Peter 3:9). Knowing God’s desire in this makes me all the more eager to bring the message – starting with prayer!
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