Amidst the Storm, Jesus is Praying for You

January 15, 2013 | Tags: , ,

Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone. But the boat was already over a mile from land, battered by the waves, because the wind was against them. Around three in the morning, He came toward them walking on the sea.

Matthew 14:22-25

We may be in the middle of a storm for what seems like a long time. We may even wonder–Does God know I’m here? Does He see me? Rest assured, Beloved, He sees you and He knows. This part of Scripture gives a beautiful picture of what Jesus is doing while we are going through the storm.

Jesus had His disciples go into the boat ahead of Him while He went by Himself to pray. Look at the timeline of the events. It was earlier evening when He dismissed the crowds and sent His disciples into the boat. Jesus then prayed from that time through the night, all the way until three o’clock in the morning. It wasn’t until 3 A.M. when Jesus came to them to calm the wind.

That means the disciples were in the boat in the raging storm for hours before Jesus came out to them. And what was Jesus doing during that time? He was praying. We don’t know exactly what He was praying, but from His character and deep concern for His disciples in other accounts, we can safely assume He was praying for them. He was probably praying that their faith may not fail. He was praying for them to keep their attention focused on God instead of the storm around them. He was praying for their strength and courage. He was praying for them to hold onto the word of God. While they were in the storm, Jesus was praying for them. He could have come out to them moments after the storm began, but He did not. He waited for hours before He came out to them. Why? We don’t know exactly why, but we do know their ultimate thoughts once He did come out and once He did calm the winds. They “worshiped Him and said, ‘Truly You are the Son of God!'” (Matt. 14:33). They saw the glory of God and praised Him.

The storms of life will come. You may be in the middle of one now. You may wonder why Jesus isn’t coming to calm the storm. He is coming, we can know that for sure. But He will come at the perfect time to show His ultimate glory and power over everything. In the meantime, we can rest in Jesus’ prayers for us. We can rest in His presence and perfect control over what we think looks out of control. We can have faith in a Great God who knows and sees all we are going through. Take heart, Beloved. Jesus sees your storm. And He is praying for you.

By Courtney Silberman

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