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?"
When Peter was focused on Jesus, he was able to walk on the water. But when hefocused on the winds and waves, he began to sink. When we pray, we need to focus onJesus and what He has promised us through His Word. We should not let our faith beweakened by the surrounding circumstances.Jesus promised that if we have faith, we can command mountains to move. Whenwe pray, we should not focus on the size of the mountain, but on the God who can movemountains.
Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you dowhat was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."
Sometimes we put our faith in something other than God. We should not “hedgeour bets” by asking God and then making plans as though God will not answer. This iswhat James describes in James 1:5-8.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blownand tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. (NLT)
We should be like the early church in Acts 4, who asked God to demonstrate His power on behalf of his church. They put their trust in God alone. After they prayed, Godanswered their prayer by sending His Holy Spirit to embolden and empower them.
On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that thechief priests and elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voicestogether in prayer to God. "Sovereign Lord," they said, "you made the heaven and theearth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through themouth of your servant, our father David:“‘Why do the nations rageand the peoples plot in vain?The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together