Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted. John 6:11
After John the Baptist’s beheading, Jesus took the disciples away to a desolate place, but the multitude followed Him.
Jesus looked on the crowd and had compassion on them because they looked like sheep with no Shepherd.
After a day of teaching and healing, Jesus asked the disciples to feed the multitude. Not even a full year’s wages would have fed them, but Andrew brought a boy’s lunch, five small loaves of bread and two small fish, to Jesus.
Jesus looked up to heaven and thanked God, broke the bread, and kept giving the disciples the bread to distribute. He also broke up the fish and gave it to the disciples to distribute to the crowd of about 5,000 men, not including women and children.
After everyone was satiated, the disciples gathered 12 baskets of leftovers.
John tells us that all the books in the world could not contain the works of Jesus. Yet, this story is the only one recorded in all four Gospels.
Again, in all four Gospels, Jesus blesses or gives thanks before He breaks the bread and fish and gives it to the disciples to distribute.
If it is important to Jesus to thank God before He does the will of God, how much more important it is for me to thank God for the works and miracles He is performing in my life.
After God told Keith and me that He was going to heal me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, we began thanking God for my healing, although I was still in pain, still exhausted, still taking powerful medications. These prayers were not “name it and claim it” prayers; these prayers were genuine prayers of thanksgiving. Two years later, God miraculously healed me.
It’s a principle in the Bible, and it’s a principle that I’ve seen in my life. When I am convinced that God has given me a promise or a work to do, I begin thanking Him. I haven’t been disappointed.
Do I think that Jesus could have fed the 5,000 without thanking God? Absolutely! Do I think He would have fed the 5,000 without first praying and thanking God? Absolutely not!
I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. John 5:30
What are you thanking God for that you cannot accomplish without Him working through you … really thanking Him?
Gracious Father, we know that You hold the universe in Your fingertips, and apart from You, we can do nothing of importance. We thank You that You have proven throughout our lives that You care, We thank You for all that You have given us, all that You are doing in our lives, and all that You will accomplish in our lives. We submit our hearts, bodies, minds and strength to You, and we thank you for this wonder-filled life.