A Shared Experience
Join other Jesus-followers in united prayer for this AWAKENING INDICATOR:
Increasing testimony of the manifest presence of God
“And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:36–39).
Scripture often contains overlooked nuggets of information that can take us to new places of understanding. Hidden away in this Mark 4 passage is a small phrase that simply says “other little ships.” When this familiar account is reviewed, we find the disciples in a frightening situation—their lives flashing before their eyes, death eminent, and the Master right there with them.
The resolution to the crisis occurred as Christ rebukes the wind and speaks peace to the stormy sea. All was well after they called upon the Peace Speaker to deliver them.
When our lives are affected by adversities and unexpected circumstances, how are others around us impacted? The “other little ships” were also protected from destruction when the winds calmed and the waters settled. What took place in the lives of the disciples made a difference in the lives of those sailing alongside them.
We don’t live in bubbles with everyone totally separated from us. Our situations and our reaction to them—good or bad—directly affects the world around us.
The folks on the other little ships were thrilled with what took place. They benefited from the outcome of someone else’s experience. Are those around us benefiting from our reactions in life? Are we helping to calm their seas? —Perry Horner, Awakening America Alliance Intercessor
- The movie, The Castaway, with Tom Hanks gives brief insight into what a person experiences when they are completely isolated. Though fictional, the reality of the results of a life in solitude is very revealing. Reflect on the gift of the Church in the believer’s life. Thank God for loving relationships He has given you as well as His promise to never leave you nor forsake you.
- Intercede for God to reveal His evident presence to the people of our world and bring a greater awareness of His manifest presence in His church. Ask Him to grant His servants the boldness to continue speaking His Word to others, while HE stretches out His hand to heal, so that signs and wonders are performed through the name of Jesus (Acts 4:30).
- Pray for God to use your life experiences―the sunny days and the stormy times―to be have positive impact on the people of your world.
- Prioritize interceding daily for lonely individuals in your church and community. Remember to pray for those who are homebound, in nursing homes, widowed, single parenting, in military service away from home, or simply living isolated lives. Put action with your prayers by visiting, calling, and sending notes of encouragement to those God brings to mind or across your path. Let them know you’re praying for them and love them.