PRAYER FOR PEACE IN THE STORM
And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” Mark 4:39-40
Calm – A period or condition of freedom from storms, high winds, or rough activity of water, a spirit of serene.
Lord, there is pressure on all sides. No matter where I turn, stress exists. Where do I find peace? I know it’s with You but why don’t I feel it easily? Do you still rebuke the winds and bring peace to someone’s world?
You spoke to the disciples when they were in turbulence and asked them why they had no faith. Did they need to have faith to have peace? Do I?
You said, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 You may not do away with my suffering but knowing that You are greater and more powerful than any of it is what gives me peace. Though in agony, You walked calmly to Your death. Though taunted and demanded of answers, You were silent. You were not controlled by the storm. Peace ruled Your heart and Your Father’s will was done through You. No one forced You to react in anger or panic. Your composure was of heaven – brought about in constant prayer.
I remember the words of Your servant, Paul. “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17-19 In my time of need, peace and joy come from Your Spirit, through prayer. I still myself, right now, to listen to You. I discern You living within me, reassuring me of Your Words that I already know but need to hear from You again. As You bring them to my mind, I speak them out loud to my own soul. I stand in faith that You are greater than everything that threatens me. See my faith – and calm the seas of my emotions. Give me tranquility and self-control though the waves wash over me. Lead my soul to still waters. Amen