"And He directed the people to sit down on the ground; and He took the seven loaves and the fish; and giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people," (Matthew 15:35, 36).
* When one reads this account of the miraculous feeding of over 4,000 people from seven loaves and fish, it is easy to hurry over the fact that the Lord Jesus gave thanks. By doing so, He modeled the need for continually pointing to the Father as the Source of our sustenance.
There is a basis here for consistent giving of thanks at mealtime, both at home and in public.
* How consistent of our Lord, who walked in unbroken fellowship with the Father, to give thanks before breaking the bread. How easily we can miss the modeled message of that simple act, as we concentrate on the miracle that followed.
If the Son of God demonstrated such dependence on the Father's provision, and unashamedly verbalized it, how much more should we!