This Month's Promise

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us,...”

- (Galatians 3:13)

Read: Matthew 14:27-32


“My voice shalt thou hear in the mor ning , O L ORD; in the mor ning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” (Psalm 5:3)

Today morning did you direct your prayer to the Lord and look up to Him, before entering into the sea of daily cares? If you have not I would like to inspire you with a real life incident that happened in the life of a sailor. Back in the days of sailing ships a young sailor went to sea for the first time. Enroute the voyage, the ship encountered a heavy storm in the North Atlantic. The sailor was commanded to go aloft the mast and trim the sails. As the young sailor started to climb, he made a mistake and looked down. The roll of the ship combined with the tossing of the waves made him extremely frightened. The young man started to lose his balance. At that moment, an older sailor underneath him shouted, "Look up, son! Look up!" The young sailor looked up and regained his balance.

Now, dear friends, you and I have a lesson in that narrative. We, Christians, need to stop looking at our troubled waters – the hopeless situations we are in and the threatening turmoil of life. We should not be down cast and hopeless, but look up towards the Lord who is in heaven, our source of salvation. He is there waiting to hear our voice every morning, very much willing to help us and strengthen us so that we will regain our balance amidst our daily toils.

Also, let us direct our prayers to Him – I mean, we should be specific in our requests and make the petition as plain as possible without mincing words. The Lord knows our heart. We need not make our prayer ornamental but direct it straight to the Lord. Remember that Peter could keep walking on the water until that time he kept looking up on the face of the Lord. When he swayed, he lost balance and then he cried, “Lord, Save me!” The petition was simple and straight. Let us take a lesson from him.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, when I pray I often repeat vain words. I am not sure that my prayers ever reached You. Please guide me with your Holy Spirit, that I may be able to present my petitions to You in simple language with a sincere heart, that I may receive answers from You. Amen.