Matthew 14: 22-33
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, waking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
And when the climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
In this passage let’s consider what we can learn to help us to be rescued by Jesus and to grow to be more like him. Jesus spent time alone on the mountainside with his Father in prayer. Jesus spoke to his disciples in the middle of a storm to take courage and not to be afraid. Jesus told Peter to come to him. Peter had enough faith to get out of the boat and walked on the water. When Peter took his eyes off Jesus and looked upon the winds, he began to sink and called out for Jesus to save him. Jesus reached out and saved him. Jesus asks Peter why did he doubt. Let us all spend time alone in prayer each day with Jesus, taking courage to not be afraid, building our faith in his Word, and worshiping him as God.
Father thank you for sending your Son, Jesus the Christ, to rescue us from our disobedience to you. Help us to keep our eyes on you with prayer constantly in our hearts. Give us your strength and courage while building our faith in you through your Word. We desire to worship you in Jesus’ name, amen.