SEPTEMBER 4, 2018
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13 KJV)
When Peter saw his Lord walking on the water, he went into the water without hesitation and began his impossible journey of walking toward Jesus. Very quickly, he took his eyes off of the Lord and realized how rough and choppy the water was, and he panicked. His nagging doubts caused him to slip into the sea, until our Lord reached down and pulled him to safety. Dr. J. Vernon McGee said, “Our Lord performed this miracle for His own, that they might be brought into the place of faith. Even Simon Peter, who was audacious enough to say, “Lord, bid me come unto thee on the water” and actually walked on the water, which should have cemented his faith.” Many of us struggle with doubts every day, especially when we keep our eyes focused on what is right in front of us, and the words, “I can’t” become louder than the words, “I can” in our spirit. We hesitate to move forward, even at the call of our Lord, because we forget that it is through the strength of Jesus Christ that we can do even the impossible like the apostle Peter.
Father God, we lift up each day to You, and ask that our “cant’s” be turned into “cans” as we learn to trust in You, knowing You have the power to do what You have promised in Your Holy Word. Teach us to be obedient to a walk of faith, believing in the unseen, and not by sight, lest we slip beneath the angry waves and perish. AMEN
Please send your praises and prayer requests to Terri Lacher, FUMC Prayer Life Coordinator by calling (936) 598-3484, (936) 332-2717 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.