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Prayer Tip: In a Boat on a Lake in a Storm

July 16, 2023
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Daily Scripture

Matthew 14:22-33 (NRSV)

Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

 

Daily Reflection & Prayer

Today’s Scripture reading reminds me of “Ready for the Storm,” a song by Scottish folk artist Dougie MacLean. Click here if you wish to listen to this beautiful song:

Distance, it is no real friend
and time will take its time
And you will find that in the end
it brings you me, the lonely sailor
And when you take me by your side
you love me warm, you love me
And I should have realized
I had no reasons to be frightened

And I am ready for the storm,
Yes sir, ready
I am ready for the storm,
Yes sir, ready
I am ready for the storm
I’m ready for the storm

Like the lonely sailor in the song, like Peter stepping out into the sea, Jesus wants us to know that he loves us, and that, as long as we are looking at him, we’ll be ready for the storm.

Prayer

Lord God, who sees us in the storm and in the quiet, help us to realize today that you love us, and as long as we are looking at you, the storm around us is nothing to fear, because we are ready, with our eyes on you. Amen.

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Jennifer Creagar

Jennifer Creagar

This week's prayer tip is by Jennifer Creagar, the Community Assistance Coordination Director in Resurrection's Congregational Care Ministry. She is married and loves spending time with her family, and she enjoys writing and photography.

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