Prayer Tip: Are You Experiencing a Fearsome Storm (Overwhelming Adversity)?

Read Mark 4:35-41 when Jesus calmed the storm.  The disciples woke Jesus up with the question, “…do You not care that we are perishing?”  It sounded like they doubted His goodness and maybe His power. What did they expect Jesus to do?  Did they just want Him to express sympathy for their plight or actually do something and help bail water out of the boat?

Are you in the middle of a storm?  What do you fear? What do you want Jesus to do?  Would that really be the best and “fully satisfy” your need?  How do you know?

Jesus spoke to the wind and waves and all became perfectly calm – totally unexpected and beyond what the disciples had imagined possible.  Then Jesus asked the disciples, “Why are you afraid?”  What did Jesus want from the disciples?  What would faith look like with wind and waves sinking the boat?

What would faith look like in the midst of your storm? That may not be obvious…. but the passage suggests that at least we should not be fearful, that we should experience a profound peace in the midst of crashing wind and pounding waves.

We are to walk by faith and not by sight. Ask God for the gift of faith that gives you profound peace and sense of well-being in the midst of your storm.  Praise Him for what He’s going to do to fulfill His promise to ‘take you to the other side’.  Then you might ask if there is anything you need to do.

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Prayer Tip: Wandering Sons and Daughters

I have a growing Wandering Sons and Daughters list that I pray for regularly. 

I pray that they (and all people) will know ‘fear of God’ in order to detect and hate their sin.  Psalm 36:1-2 NIV  (John 3:36 is true for every person.)

My request:  Abba, help them come to their senses and return home to You, the perfect Father, and know that You wait with open arms.  Luke 15:17-20

A verse I pray:  ‘I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.’  Jer. 24:7

I give praise and thanks to God who is El Qanna – the Jealous One.  He laid down His life to win our all-consuming love and will zealously love us (read discipline) to exclude any and all others.  Ex. 34:14; 1 John 4:10; Heb. 12:6

I confess/acknowledge Him to be the Faithful One who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8) and often ask help to avoid getting in His way.

I pray for His help and wisdom as parents to graciously speak truth in love according to the need of the moment and to eagerly wait with ‘a ring and a robe and family celebration’.

Meet you at the Throne.