S.O.A.P. Matthew 14:22-36 - Jesus Walks on Water

S – Matthew 14:23: “After he had dismissed them (the crowd), he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.”

O – Seeking solitude was an important priority for Jesus. He made room in His busy schedule to be alone with the Father. Spending time with God in prayer nurtures our vital relationship with Him and equips us to meet life’s challenges and struggles. Develop the discipline of spending time alone with God. It will help you grow spiritually and become more and more like Christ.

A – Spending time alone with God was something even sinless Jesus made time for. How much more do we need to make spending time with the Father a priority and necessity? The weight and pressures of this world are too much for us to bear. We must be rooted, spiritually, in Jesus. The Bible and prayer is where we go to learn more about Jesus and seeking solitude allows us to open our hearts to His Holy Spirit.

S – Matthew 14:29-30: “’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, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him.”

O – Although Peter became afraid out on the water, he was the only one in the boat to react in faith. Peter started to sink because he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the high waves around him. When Peter’s faith faltered, he reached out to Christ, the only one who could help him. He was afraid, but he still looked to Christ.

A – We will walk through tough situations. If we focus on the wave of difficult circumstances around us without faith in Jesus to help, we too may despair and sink. To maintain your faith when circumstances are difficult, focus on Jesus’ power rather than your inadequacies. When you are apprehensive about the troubles around you and doubt Christ’s presence or ability to help, remember, He is always with you and is the only one who can really help you.

P – Dear Lord, thank you for sending Jesus to teach us how we can live our lives for your glory. Even Jesus needed time alone with you to regain His strength and center on you. Help me to become more and more like Jesus every day through dedicated prayer and quiet times. Thank you for Peter’s faith and the lesson it teaches us… Although we may have moments of fear and doubt, if we look back to Christ, He will help us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.