Prayer Establishes Our Rights with God
Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:27-22
Key Verse: Matthew 14:30
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
The phrase, “don’t be afraid,” is used hundreds of times in the Bible. Once again, in our scripture for today we hear Jesus tell His disciples not to be afraid. Peter prayed two prayers in this story. The first request was to take a walk on the water. The second request was to be saved from the water; typical for us humans!
How many times have we had to be saved from the things that we thought we wanted? We ask for favors from God, receive them and soon realize they weren’t the “blessing” we thought they would be? Our blessings can turn into our nightmares quickly in this life! The Apostle Peter is the only man who ever lived who had the privilege to walk on water—besides Jesus Himself. Yet, when a storm blew up (and they always do), Peter cried out for help in his infamous “walk.” Jesus, out of His great love and compassion, reached out His hand for Peter!
Jesus still reaches out that hand to us today. For us who have great days of faith (walking on our own “water”) and yet flounder in our faith over the littlest things, God understands. He knows us better than we know ourselves. Prayer is our right, established by God Himself. We are not “barging in” where we don’t belong! We are invited to pray—a lot. Paul says, “without ceasing.” I hope you’re having a great day of walking on water, but if not, Jesus is near, reaching out His hand! Go ahead, take hold!
Father, if my faith falters today, I know you’ll still be there. Thanks for understanding my weaknesses and loving me anyway! In Jesus’ Name, amen.