If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
22Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him
to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23After he had dismissed them, he
went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there
alone, 24but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by
the waves because the wind was against it. 25During the fourth watch of the night
Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26When the disciples saw him walking
on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27But
Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28”Lord, if it’s
you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29”Come,” he said. Then
Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But
when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save
me!” 31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,”
he said, “why did you doubt?” 32And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died
down. 33Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the
Son of God.”
1. What did Jesus do after dismissing the disciples and the crowd? Can you see
this pattern in Jesus’ ministries? Why did Jesus want to pray alone? What’s the
significance of this pattern of Jesus? What can you learn from him?
2. Jesus takes his solitude seriously. Consider taking a one-day silent retreat at a
center or just find a place isolated from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Keep a notebook handy and write down what you hear and the impressions you
receive from God. What did you learn?
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 3:1-4
Talk about a trip the family took on a boat. What’s it like to be on a boat, esp.
when a storm comes? Sing the song: “With Christ in my vessel, I can smile at