Peter ignored all the emotions in his heart and the well-meaning intentions in the boat and in one moment of madness stepped out of the boat.

Then the exhilarating feeling of well I did it! Can you see the look of “I-told-you-I-can-do-it” on his face? He was walking on water and the 11 apostolic critics were forever silenced. 

Was it Judas or Thomas that shouted, “Peeeeter watch oooouuuuttttt!!!” as a big wave approached thus taking his attention off Jesus and towards the oncoming danger?

Can you hear the gasp in the boat as he began to sink?
“Aaah!” Their hands covered their mouths as if to prevent their hearts from jumping out
 “We told you ooo”
“See what you have done to yourself and your poor family…”

Panic struck the heart of Peter and the water was going to become his grave. This time he knew what to do. He cried out to Jesus in prayer.

And Jesus made the most revealing statement in the entire episode:
"And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? Matt 14:31"

His faith was little. Yet he walked on the sea. In the presence of his little faith was also doubt and fear. Are you surprised? No need to be. 

Doubt and faith are two ends of the same stick. It is almost impossible to pick one and not have the other. Doubt and faith live at the same address. If you have one, it is proof that you also have the other. You have to train yourself in one to discard the other. If you train your mind in fear, you will discard faith. If you train your mind in faith, the fear begins to evaporate until it becomes alien to your nature. It is a process and never happens overnight no matter the depth of your anointing.

This verse and the life of Peter are the biblical proofs of the validity of walking with faith in the presence of fear.

The day came in the life of Peter when he was thrown into prison to be killed. Yet he was so little concerned he could sleep like a baby. It didn’t matter to him which way it turned. He wasn’t afraid to die if that would please the Lord. But the church was praying and even though their prayer was answered and Peter delivered to them. They could not receive the answer to their own prayers! It means they were praying and doubting. 

"And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. 15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel". Acts 12:14-15

Faith and doubt were in the same prayer meeting! And Apostle John the Beloved was leading the prayers!!!

Friends, if you find yourself praying and doubting, you are in the right company. If you find your heart panting, with sweats in your palms, that is the proof that you are at the right place. Pray as desperately as Peter sinking in the presence of Jesus. Pray as desperately as the Church praying for the release of Peter. Also don’t forget to take action in the direction of your faith. Peter kept walking towards Jesus and eventually the deacons opened the gate and saw Peter. 

The antidote to fear is action backed by prayer. The antidote to doubt is action backed by the Word of God.


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