A: I imagine that Peter had the same concern when, after taking his eyes off of Jesus, he began to sink into the sea. [For all the details, read Matthew 14:22-33.] There he was, with enough faith to follow Jesus’ invitation to walk on water, just not enough faith to keep his eyes on Jesus.
“But seeing the wind, he [Peter] became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately, Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’ When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, ‘You are certainly God’s Son!’” (Matthew 14:30-33).
You and I don’t have the advantage of actually seeing Jesus in the flesh right now. We will! And, I’m excited about that!
Nonetheless, Peter’s experience encourages us that God does hear our prayers. We also know that He hears us because He has answered prayers in the past. Think of a specific example of when God heard your prayer or the prayer of someone you know.
For additional encouragement, read these verses from the Bible…
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).
“I waited patiently on the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry” (Psalm 40:1).
“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth” (Psalm 145:18).
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (I Thessalonians 5:16-18).