A Friend in Need

Shameless Audacity

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Lord, a friend in need has come to us. But you way, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (Matthew 6:8) Our Moore Square friends have come to us. They have little food, clothing—in many cases no shelter. We believe your Spirit is speaking to us as in the same way you spoke to your disciples: “You give them something to eat.” (Mark 6:37)

For .83 cents Each Day YOU Can Provide the Abundant Life Jesus Promised.

A Friend in Need

Lord, you say:

Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’

“And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’

“I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.”

Shameless Audacity

Lord, this is us asking with shameless audacity that you give us as much as we need to feed our friends.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

.83 Cents A Day Delivers the Abundant Life Jesus Promised

Lord, this is us asking, seeking, knocking on doors. We ask that you provide individuals who will give .83 cents each day in order that our friends at Moore Square might enjoy the abundant life you promised.

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?”

Lord, you give good gifts to those who ask. For only .83 cents per day we can give sandwiches, chips, water, used clothing, refurbished bikes, rolling luggage . . .

“Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?”

Lord, you give the best last. For only .83 cents per day we can give new sneakers, boots, underwear, pants, shirts, raincoats . . . all the things necessary to live and work as someone who is seen by you, loved by you, called by you.

“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:5-13)

Lord, thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit. Through your Spirit and by your compassion we ask now that you send to us those who wish to deliver the abundant life to our neighbors at Moore Square

Amen and amen.

Give More Out of Life FOR Jesus Moore Square Raleigh

Each Sonday from noon until 1:00 PM we hand out sandwiches, water, chips, and used clothing. We also pray with those in need for provision, employment, and shelter. When we ask, “How can we pray for you?” we also ask what they need. Those who give us items of need we buy new if possible and used when available and in good condition.

Be Jesus TO OTHERS Moore Square Raleigh

We rely on the love God has for us. (1 John 4:16) We rely on the support of those who are in Christ and seek to make Christ known through words, speech, truth and action. If you wish to join us in bringing the abundant life Jesus promised to those in need, become a supporter of our Moore Square Raleigh Friends. For only $25 per month you can provide new sneakers, pants, shirts, undies, and other items many of us take for granted.

Our goal at Moore Square Friends ministry is simple—to allow Jesus to work through us to provide the abundant life he promised. Jesus did not have a place to lay his head. This was his father’s will. But Jesus told those who follow him:

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full!

If you believe you are saved and have the Holy Spirit of Jesus in you, then we ask you to prayerfully consider being Jesus to our friends at Moore Square. .83 cents per day delivers the Abundant Life Jesus promised to those living with less.

Moore Square Friends ministry is part of Christian Devotions Ministries.

“You Give Them Something to Eat!” — Luke 9:10-17

Jesus’ Authority, Our Provision

“You Give Them Something to Eat!”

“You give them something to eat.” Luke 9:13

No doubt few things stunned the Twelve who followed the Son more than the time he rebuked ’em by saying, “You give them something to eat.”

Folks had come from all over ter hear the Son preach on Skipper’s kingdom. Fer days leading up ter this the Son had healed all who come ter him. Demons whar cast out and afflictions fled. Folks flocked ter get more of this healing and help.

So when the Twelve came ter him in private and warned that he needed ter disperse the crowd so they could get a mouthful ter eat, no doubt they thought thar compassionate advice would be rewarded. Instead the Son all but said, “You take care of ’em.

In response ter this gentle rebuke the Twelve answered, “Unless we buy food, we only have …  Lemmy see,” said Simon, grabbing the small provisions. “Ah couple of fish and some bread, that’s it.”

Unless the Son steps in we only ‘ave … ourselves ter fix our problems—and that be one of the main lessons from this tale. What we kin not do the Son kin and do even more.

Quick like, let’s look at how the Son made abundance out of scarcity.

  • He spoke ’bout the kingdom of Skip. That be step one. Lead with Skipper’s words, his Truth, his love. Speak less ’bout what we think and more ’bout what Skip says.

    Jesus welcomed all and spoke to them about the kingdom of God. (Luke 9:14)

  • He looked ter heaven and Skip fer his help. We must as well.

    I lift up my eyes to the mountains. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1)

  • Little or much, always give thanks fer what we ‘ave. An attitude of gratitude opens the heavenly gates of provision.

    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. (Psalm 118:1)

  • Break, divide, and sort what we ‘ave. A little kin go a long way. Broken down, small problems be easier ter conquer than big ones.

    “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says. ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry.’” (1 Kings 17:14)

  • Distribute ter those willing ter help. Don’ try ter do it all yer self. Give them who offer ter assist a task and hold ’em account.

    “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37-38)

  • Carefully place yer provision be fer folks. Don’ simply toss it out like ya be feeding hogs, but gentle like serve up the yam.

    The servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. (Matthew 22:10)

If we do this all ‘ill be satisfied and remains ‘ill be gathered. None ‘ill be worn out from the work. Joy ‘ill follow and all ‘ill be filled. That is the lesson on gaining provision Jesus’ way.