They came to Jesus and woke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. – Luke 8:24
The storm is raging, the boat is filling up, and Jesus is asleep. Do you feel that way sometimes? He’s asleep; where is He? Jesus often seems invisible. Why is this? Well, the designs of mercy are wisely hidden. You couldn’t handle it if He told you everything. His ways are beyond finding out.
In the three gospel accounts of this storm, all allude to the fact that the apostles woke Jesus up. I think it’s important to note that Jesus was not aroused by the storm; He was aroused by their prayer. When you have storms going on in your life, it is the way of Providence that help is not usually going to come until you call for help. Jesus did not stop the storm until they woke Him, until they came with their petition for help.
Let me give you some thoughts on prayer in the storm. First of all, pray in faith. God may seem invisible, but He is still very interested in you. Have the faith to believe He’s interested. It does not matter how you’ve sinned, how you’ve failed, how ashamed you are, how dirty you feel. He still cares about you. His care for you is not based on your merit, your works, or your ability to do something. You come to Christ totally unable to help yourself, totally dependent upon Christ who is the mighty Savior of mighty sinners! And when your storm comes, even if you helped create it by your own sin and self-centered wickedness, you run to Jesus! Have the faith to know your Savior is greater than all of your sin! Hallelujah, praise His name! What a Savior!
Secondly, pray with a God-centered purpose. Now, these disciples go to Jesus as the boat is filling up with water, and say, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” In other words, Jesus, You are too! They are thinking about Jesus also. It’s not just about God being this mighty force out there somewhere who helps you; it’s about God being for you and you being for God. If you go down, He goes down. If your reputation is marred, His reputation is marred. If He doesn’t come through for you, then His reputation is in jeopardy in the community. He won’t let that happen!
Thirdly, pray claiming God’s promise. Jesus told His disciples to get in the boat, and they were going to the other side. Now, the boat is filling up with water and they’re sinking, and Jesus is asleep. They think He doesn’t care. But Jesus said they were going to the other side. All of this was part of that day’s curriculum, a part of their discipleship and training.
Finally, pray united as a family. These men go to Jesus together and they pray together, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” United prayer is powerful. WE must pray for God to work through His church for His glory, and we pray believing in unison. There is power in that.