|Matthew 14:24-31 |
24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed with waves; for the wind was against them.
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a spirit;" and they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Be of good cheer; it is I, do not be afraid."
28 Then Peter said to him, "Lord, if it is you, command me come to you on the water."
29 And he said, "Come." And when Peter had stepped down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the roaring wind, he was afraid and began to sink, and he cried, saying, "Lord, save me."
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" [Peter knew that if Jesus commanded him to walk on water, he would be able to do it, and he did walk on the water; but then he became afraid and doubted that he could continue — by doubting, he lost the faith that kept him above the water. Jesus complained of Peter's little faith because Jesus has commanded Peter to come; and if we are commanded by Him to do or pray anything, we should never doubt that it can and will be done, because with obedience to God's orders, anything is possible. From the Word of the Lord within: "What is the evidence of your belief? — operational faith. Faith is to hear the Word of God and obey. Those who take directed action will save theirs and others' lives. If told what to pray for, they can be extremely effective; to pray as heard — righteous expectation." If you believe what you have heard the Lord tell you to pray, then you will receive what you ask in prayer, 1 John 5:14-15.]