Summary: Prayer will change things. Prayer will change people. Prayer will change conditions
22And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 25And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 31And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
VERY BRIEFLY I WANT TO REASON WITH YOU ON THE THOUGHT
WHEN JESUS SHOWS UP HE ALWAYS
MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Our scriptural text before us says that Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship and go before Him to the other side of the lake.
IN OTHER WORDS
They knew their destination was the other side.
AND JUST LIKE THEY KNEW WHERE THEY WHERE GOING
It is important for us to know where we are going.
THE Old people used to sing songs about going to the other side.
You would hear them singing, "I'm on my journey and I can't turn around."
AND IF THE TRUTH BE TOLD
We should take a lesson from those old folks.
They knew where they were going and they were determined to not let anything hinder them from getting there.
After sending the disciples away, we read that Jesus sent the multitudes away.
This shows us that if we are going somewhere, there are some folks we may have to leave behind.
BECAUSE If we stay with certain crowds, they won't go and neither will we.
If you are going somewhere and a person does not want to go with you, then you need to let them stay where they are.
The right thing to do is Invite them to come, but don't let them or nothing stop you from making it to the other side.
The text goes on to say that Jesus went up on a mountain apart to pray.
AND If the Son of God prayed, then how about you?
I mean, if God who has all power, knows everything and is everywhere at the same time prayed, then we ought to pray.
BECAUSE Prayer is an unusual weapon.
The greatest weapon that any saint can have is prayer.
When you cannot be victorious any other way, just pray.
Prayer will change things.
Prayer will change people.
Prayer will change conditions,
and prayer will change the one who is doing the praying.
In other words, if we have a heart to prayer Heaven has an ear to hear
That is why you need to pray for your enemies.
If a person mistreats you, it is hard to get on your knees, pray for him and then go shoot him.
Because it hard for a Child Of God to stumble down on his knees Because Something happens while you are down on your knees sending up knee mail.
You see my brothers and sisters
The average person who messes up did not pray first.
You know We like to do stuff and then pray.
But you ought Pray first.
Because If you pray in the calm, you can handle the storm of life. Look at what Jesus did. First, He sent the disciples away and then He sent the multitudes away.
Then, He went up into the mountain where He could be alone.
The Bible says
The evening was calm, and He was there alone.
WHAT YOU TRYING TO TELL US
What i`m telling you White is Take some time to be by yourself.
Turn off the television.
Unplug the phone.
Get in a room by yourself and spend some time with the Lord.
Because if you spend sometime with God in private he will spend time with you in public.
Jesus knew that it was good to be alone sometimes.
He knew that when you get ready to talk to