Weekly Devotion: Fear and Courage

CFL Summer

The Narrative of Jesus’ Life

The below account occurs after Jesus has performed the miracle of feeding the 5,000. After the miracle, Jesus sent the disciples to sail across the Sea of Galilee. Meanwhile, Jesus stayed behind to spend time in prayer.

Reading from the Gospel

Matthew 14:22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (ESV)

Sharing your Faith

  • What in this account captures your imagination?
  • If you were in the boat with the disciples, would you be more likely to get out of the boat with Peter or stay in the boat with the other 11 disciples?
  • Share about a way God has comforted you in a frightening situation.

Pray for One Another

Each person is invited to share a prayer request. Another participant will volunteer to offer the petition. Once everyone has chosen a prayer request, take turns offering the prayers aloud.

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Conversations about Faith & Life is a weekly interactive devotion to equip Christians to live out their faith on a daily basis. It was specifically created for church groups, missional communities, house churches and home schooling. PDF versions of the next week’s CFL are posted Wednesdays on the Resources page of KevinWilson360. It is also posted on the KevinWilson360 blog each Sunday.


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