Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
Today is one of the most known Gospel passages, another infamous story of Peter’s doubt. The apostles are in a storm, they see Jesus walking toward them, and then they think He’s a ghost. I think it’s a reasonable thought. Have you ever seen anyone who can walk on water? I haven’t, but I haven’t been on a lot of boats in the middle of a storm either.
Peter asks Jesus to prove that it is Him out there, but wanting to be asked to come out on the water and walk too. Have you ever done that?
The Lord comes to you in prayer, He reveals himself, and then you ask him to prove it. I have. It’s been crystal clear that it’s the Lord who’s been giving me something, asking me for something, or just present in so many ways- but crystal clear only to someone else. For me, I’m still saying “Is that you Lord? Prove it by making me do this crazy thing.”
So He does, He tells Peter to get out of the boat and walk on the water. It’s amazing for about four seconds, then the wind picks up again. Peter gets scared, and he starts to sink. Have you ever started to sink?
The Lord proves His love for you, you step out on faith, and then doubt creeps in again. I have. We are always doubting the Lord. If the Lord could tire of us, I’m sure He’d tire of this. As a human, I tire of it.
It’s hard when people doubt you all the time, when they don’t believe you can do the things you say you can do. It gets tiring. As I write this, I’m with the group of people in my life who do this the most, my family. I don’t see them very often, but they always seem surprised when I can do something right, cook something well, or know something about something. It’s probably because I don’t see them often enough for them to know what kinds of things that I know.
Perhaps it's just the Lord showing me a small glimpse of what it’s like to be Him in our relationship- to have someone you love doubt and mistrust your goodness, your mercy, and your love every other day. Peter doesn’t sink, and neither will we. He’s got this just as He always does. As He said way back in Jeremiah’s time, “I will be your God, and you will be My people.”
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
How do I ask you to prove yourself to me, Lord?
How often do I doubt you're really at work when you reveal yourself to me?
In what ways does doubt creep in even after I begin to trust you?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"Help me to trust you, Lord."
"Give me eyes to see you working in my life."
"Let me know that you never tire of me."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Write down your biggest doubts in the Lord today. Take time to invite the Lord in prayer to speak into those doubts. Write down what you hear him speaking to you about those doubts.
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