“But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’” (Matthew 14:30)
The Apostle Peter is the only man besides Jesus Christ who walked on water. Yet, millions of us only remember that he took his eyes off Jesus and would have drowned if the Lord had not saved him.
We read that his magnificent faith was flawed. He saw the wind. Since we cannot see wind this means when he saw what the wind was doing, he lost sight of what Jesus was doing and was afraid.
The remarkable thing here is that when he kept his eyes on Jesus, Peter walked on water!
It was not until he was beginning to sink that he prayed this prayer – a model prayer today for all of us. Jesus taught that our prayers should not be long and we should never think we will generate grace with God by too much speaking. (If Peter had prayed longer, the words beyond the third would have been glub, glub glub!)
When Jesus caught Peter by the hand He gave him the nickname “Little faith.” I believe our Lord was smiling when He did. He literally asked Peter, “Why did you think twice?”
Rick Warren took his entire congregation of twenty thousand people through the eight steps of “Celebrate Recovery.” When asked why, his response was: “Because we are all in recovery. What do you think the word salvation means?”
When we truly understand the meaning of the word salvation, we will frequently pray this model prayer.
Pray Peter’s short prayer often and don’t think twice. Don’t be of little faith!
Lord Jesus, save me!
Dick Woodward, 25 March 2012