Ask For The Obvious

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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  1. Vaccination

    I pray that my son and his family will get the vaccine and that they will become financially sound. In Jesus I pray.

  2. Mental Health

    I pray that I find peace with a stress disorder that I have developed and that my faith grows stronger. During this time it has waivered.

  3. Sound Mind

    I pray that the heavenly Father keep me mentally and physically insane I this difficult time & my make the enemy keep his hands of my life Amen.

  4. Getting back to “ me “

    Last 8 months I have been lost and have ran down the rabbit hole . I only blame me not others for my problems but starting to slowly “ climb out “ I am god fearing Christian and have no doubt he has seen me suffering but I need him more then ever to get back to being me , which was good . Please all give me the power of positive prayer and let me get back to serving him as I for longest . I also need help in my financial struggles and ask lord please forgive me and help me in those ways also

  5. Prayer for my parents

    My struggles have caused considerable stress on my elder parents who don’t deserve it . Bless them with your presence in their heart as you always have and I want to let them know I will always love them for all they have done for me . Amen

  6. Relief fr depression & anxiety

    Most Wonderful Counselor, please guide me so that I may think more clearly & not panic. Help me to help myself be more logical & avoid negativity so that I will have positive thoughts & be a better influence & helpful to those around me.

  7. Healthy body

    Please give nino the strength and positive thoughts for his cancer surgery. Please help the drs get all his cancer and him a speedy recovery with no complications please also pray for his son back in his life. Thank you

  8. Financial success

    Please help Anthony to be successful with his job real soon. Please pray for a quick and fair divorce settlement for him and custody of his kids. Please pray for his success in passing all his test for his job and that he may have a relationship with his dad again. Thank you

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