Monday, February 24, 2014

Jesus Calms the Storm, Prayer, and Peace

37 And a furious storm of wind [of hurricane proportions] arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat, so that it was already becoming filled.
38 But He [Himself] was in the stern [of the boat], asleep on the [leather] cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, Master, do You not care that we are perishing?
39 And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm (a perfect peacefulness).
40 He said to them, Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you have no faith (no firmly relying trust)?
41 And they were filled with great awe and feared exceedingly and said one to another, Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey Him?
Mark 4:37-41

Two thoughts occur to me:
1) With one command Jesus stops the storm of hurricane per portion. He can do this in my life as well but scripture says I must ask in faith and according to His will. :

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. Matt 7:7

And Jesus answered them, Truly I say to you, if you have faith (a firm relying trust) and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will be done. And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.
Matt 21:21-22

Obviously, this implies asking according to the will of God that's why Jesus when teaching the disciples to pray in Matt 6 includes "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done." This should always be my the believers heart when I pray.

2) With Jesus comes "[immediate great calm, (a perfect peacefulness)" It's ours if we choose it. 

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