I have been waking up super early the last three mornings. I wasn’t sure why till this morning when a was awakened at 1:45! I started my morning coffee and played quite a few video games then decided to hit the gym. Instead of listening to the garbage that I’ve been listening to while there, I had turned on some short sermons. These sermons we’re seriously pumping me up but not in the way you might think. About halfway through the workout I felt empowered to go home and spend time with God. I drove home and started looking up scripture after scripture on prayer and spending time with God. I know that prayer is very powerful and impacting but I didn’t realize to what extent. I always tell people that prayer is super easy and that anyone can do it. There is a prayer that we shouldn’t pray however and that is one without belief or faith in our mighty Lord and savior. Even, Jesus every chance that he had studied and prayed to his father in Heaven because he knew that trusting and having faith in God gave him his powers. Matthew 14:22- 23 immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up to the mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone. It is nice to pray with others and study with others but it is incredibly important to spend alone time with our Lord as Jesus did. By doing so we build our faith and hope in Him. Like myself, however, lately, I have been getting caught up in the world. Things happen in our lives and we set those things precedence over God weakening our faith. just like the video games I play in the morning for hours on end instead of spending those hours in the word. When we let the world take us over we end up being like Peter. In the next couple of verses, we will learn why. Matthew 14: 25-33 shortly before Dawn Jesus went out to them, walking 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 to 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 they 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.” /This has increased my faith this morning! I want to get to that point in my faith where I can literally walk on water! Without the world creeping into my mind filling it with doubt. That is a trick from the devil by the way. I have met quite a few people that say that walking on water is just telling you that you can be a better person. I only believe that partially you see my God is great and powerful and if we have that full unwavering belief we can move mountains it says it in the Bible. Mark 11: 23-26 ” Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. ” Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain,’ Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and do not doubt in your heart but believe that what you say will happen, it will be done for you. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your father in heaven May forgive you your sins.”/ This is written in the Bible from God! There is no doubt in my mind that we can get to that point. Jesus was proof of that while he lived human on this earth. I hope that this message inspires you this morning to spend more time in study and prayer. Take one bad habit a day and replace it being with God. Ten minutes before t.v. or games, instead of reading unhealthy news. Have a great day and God bless you all!
Published by Matthew, Karen, and God
Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives. View more posts