Bringing things to Jesus’ attention

N.T. Wright reminds us of one of the crucial things about prayer worth remembering. Speaking of Philip and Andrew’s reaction to the large crowd before them that needed to be fed (Jn. 5:1-15), he writes in John for Everyone:

Philip doesn’t know what to do. Andrew doesn’t either, but he brings the boy and his bread and fish to Jesus’ attention. The point is obvious, but we perhaps need to be reminded of it: so often we ourselves have no idea what to do, but the starting-point is always to bring what is there to the attention of Jesus. You can never tell what he’s going to do with it—though part of Christian faith is the expectation that he will do something we hadn’t thought of, something new and creative.

The Lord Jesus doesn’t need us to bring things to his attention for him to notice them. But we need to, to recognize that what seems to us an impossible situation is something that he can solve in ways we’d never expected.

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