Let’s look at this event. Jesus had just conducted a healing service healing the sick. Then afterwards Jesus performed a miracle by feeding 5,000 men plus their wives and children on five loaves of bread and two fish. Then:
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:22-31 NIV
Power comes from time spent in prayer. Many times the Bible tells us how Jesus withdrew from the crowds of people and His disciples to pray. This is where Jesus got His direction and power from – being alone with God. Hint, hint. What is prayer? One often thinks that prayer is asking God for something. Really, prayer is more about being linked with God spiritually, as it was when God walk with Adam in the Garden of Eden, then, as a result of being in fellowship with God, God gives you the petitions of your heart.
It’s during the wait time, the time between your request to God and God answering them that all the drama unfolds. Here, the disciples were on a boat, in the dark, during a storm and all alone without Jesus in the boat. And they began to fear. Let that be the reason why God says to you: I will never leave you nor will I forsake you (Deut 31:6). Without having God in your life, all life’s problems look BIGGER than they are and they can cause us to have fear. Fear torments you but in Christ there is peace and the fullness of Joy.
The easy way out when fear comes upon you, is to find yourself in the presence of the Lord. How? The best way is simply to start praising Him, glorifying Him and lifting Him up. When you do that, fear leaves and peace comes upon you. As you daily spend time with God, you learn to trust Him more and more, your faith grows stronger and stronger and your problems get smaller and smaller.
Praise the Lord. What made Peter walk on the water was because Peter’s focus was on Christ; he began acting on the word of God not focusing on his situation. When Peter began to look back at his situation, he then began to sink. Do you get it? Fear made him lose his focus on God.
Not having consistent fellowship with God creates fear and diminishes your faith especially when trouble or persecution comes or life’s worries dominates your thoughts; even the deceitfulness of wealth or when the desires for other things creep into your thinking, fear can dominate you. The good news is as long as you focus on your relationship with God and act on those promises in the Bible made to you, you will get the results God intended for you to have – a good life like heaven was right here on earth.