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Prayer Tip--In a Boat, at Night, Battered by the Storm

May 12, 2024
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Daily Scripture

Matthew 14:22-33 (CEB)

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead to the other side of the lake while he dismissed the crowds. When he sent them away, he went up onto a mountain by himself to pray. Evening came and he was alone. Meanwhile, the boat, fighting a strong headwind, was being battered by the waves and was already far away from land. Very early in the morning he came to his disciples, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!” They were so frightened they screamed. Just then Jesus spoke to them, “Be encouraged! It’s me. Don’t be afraid.” Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s you, order me to come to you on the water.” And Jesus said, “Come.” Then Peter got out of the boat and was walking on the water toward Jesus. But when Peter saw the strong wind, he became frightened. As he began to sink, he shouted, “Lord, rescue me!” Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him, saying, “You man of weak faith! Why did you begin to have doubts?” When they got into the boat, the wind settled down. Then those in the boat worshipped Jesus and said, “You must be God’s Son!”

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

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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