May 19, 2012

Day 14 - May 20, 2012

Day 14 - May 20, 2012

It was just before sunrise when the Disciples were sitting in a boat offshore. In the distance, they saw Jesus coming to them walking on the water. As He drew closer, Peter jumped out of the boat to walk to Jesus. When the waves got bigger, Peter began to sink and prayed a very simple but direct prayer. “Lord, Save Me!”

Impetuous Peter. Ever the one to act first, and pray later. Even in the upper room after Jesus’ ascension, you can visualize him pacing the floor while everyone else is praying, “Well we can’t just sit here and do nothing. Let’s at least choose another Disciple”.

Peter was a man of action. And men of action have a certain character trait. They don’t always see prayer as action. It must have been ingrained in him from his days of fishing. If you are a fisherman there are only two conditions. You are either catching fish or you are not catching fish. So if you’re hungry, go cast a net. There’s always time to pray while you’re waiting for the net to fill. That’s action.

But while something as simple as catching fish doesn’t need 10 days of prayer, something as complex as changing the world for Christ does. So in Acts 1, we find Peter with the others engaged in prayer waiting for the next step.

I doubt he ever lost his impulsiveness. But we do know that over time he relied more and more upon prayer. In Acts 9 Peter went to the house of a disciple named Tabitha who had died. He got on his knees and prayed and she woke up. Now that’s prayer!

You see, Peter was a man of Action. And one of the greatest gifts to the church is when Men of Action become Men of Prayer …and Action!

Blessings,

Pastor David