Praying the Word – Psalm 27:1-6

I had a really rough week. Year end in the accounting business can be really stressful and when you are just learning part of the industry you work it even more so. I don’t know about you but sometimes I fear if I don’t learn something quick enough or make too many mistakes I might lose my job. As I was reading and studying this morning my prayers turned to this.

Lord, You are my light — my salvation. You are my defender so there is noone or nothing I should fear. Though storms and enemies rage all about me – my hope is ALWAYS in You! I am confident in Your strength and Your faithfulness. Help me in spite of everything to seek Your face so that I may live in Your house forever. My desire is to see Your face – to have five minutes at Your feet. To see the beauty that is You! You shelter me, You conceal me from the enemy, You defend me at all times because I am Your child. I will sing Your praises because You are my God! I will tell joyfully of Your faithfulness because You are my Lord!

Praying the Word!

Lord, I need You to teach me to do Your will. Help me to stop and listen for Your voice so I can know without a doubt what it is You desire of me. You are my God and all I do I desire to do for Your glory! Keep me by Your Holy Spirit on the right path. Help me to stay grounded in Your word. Revive me, Lord! Help me to stir up the love in my heart for You with a greater love than ever before. For Your names sake and Your glory revive Your spirit in me until even my shadow is dangerous and my prayers are powerful. It is in Your righteousness that I can be a witness to others of Your goodness. Only in You can my soul flourish and do Your will. Teach me___Revive me! Psalm 143:10-11

 

IMMEDIATELY…

Matthew 14:28-33  And 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 and walked on the water and came to Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord save me.”  Jesus immediately reached out His hand and took hold of him.  “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.  And those in the boat worshiped Him saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”  (my emphasis).

Peter did something the other eleven did not do, he got out of the boat.  I wonder if you or I were there – would we have had the courage to ask Jesus the question Peter did and then do what Jesus said.  I like to hope I would but can’t really say for sure.

The problem for Peter began when he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the wind and waves around him.  And if we would admit it – we sometimes do the exact same thing.

Yet, when Peter cried out to the Lord – IMMEDIATELY –  He reached out and took hold of Peter and kept Him from going under.  Thank you Jesus, that you still do that today for us.

Many times I have focused on the issues or problems I have encountered rather than the One who can help me get through.  I have tried to ‘fix’ things myself, figuring that if I could just control things a little they would straighten out.  But like Peter, I have then had to cry out to Jesus to save me.

Immediately, Jesus has been there to help.  It has not always been the way I expected or maybe even the way I wanted but He was there.  He has never let me go under.

If you have a relationship with Him – He won’t let you go under either!  He hears your cries – IMMEDIATELY and reaches out to catch you.  That’s a promise!