Ask For The Obvious – Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Weather—have to live with it; can’t do anything about it. Or can we?

The disciples ran into a weather issue one night as they were crossing a lake. As they reached the middle of the lake a mighty squall hit and swamped the boat. Afraid of perishing in the storm, the disciples woke Jesus and begged him to do something.

Jesus, of course, did the logical thing. He simply insisted that the storm stop. He said, “Quiet! Be still” (Mark 4:39). It never occurred to the disciples to pray for the storm to stop. And Jesus observed and commented on their lack of faith. He was rather blunt when he asked, “Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40)

Ouch. Sometimes we fail to pray for the most obvious things. We are like the disciples and lack the faith it takes to pray for the rain to stop, the snow to quit or the wind to quiet. We lack the confidence in God that it takes to go out on a prayer limb and boldly ask for the simplest request. We don’t mean to lack faith. We just need to learn from the Holy Spirit how to have unwavering faith in God.

Then we can pray as Jesus taught us to pray: With absolute trust in the Father. And who knows? Maybe then we can tell this crazy weather to “Quiet! Be still!” Wouldn’t that be nice?


Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.

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