45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray. 47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.
The first thing Mark shows us is how important it was to Jesus to get away on his own for prayer with his Father. After an extremely busy day culminating in the miracle of feeding the 5000 Jesus sent his men across the Lake Galilee.
Before this miraculous event, Jesus intended to take his disciples away for a rest after their mission was completed. That proved impossible to achieve, so now once again he sent them across the Lake.
Matthew tells us that Jesus spent considerable quality time with his Father [Matt 14:23]. When he eventually came down to the lake he saw that the disciples were battling against a strong wind. They were amazed when he approached them walking on the water. They were terrified because they thought they saw a ghost.
It is Matthew who relates the story of Peter walking on the water to Jesus. He saw Peter sink into the water because of fear [14:29,30].
Two things challenge me most from this event.  The realization that prayer must be a significant part of my walk with Jesus. Like Jesus, we need t o find the “secret place” of intimacy with our Father.  I need to be fully aware of the enemy’s strategy to replace faith with fear. Peter sank when he saw how big the waves were, so in our times of intimacy with the Father we need to strengthen our faith – the kind of faith which can move mountains!
Father, thank you that through the indwelling Holy Spirit our faith is strengthened as we spent quality time in your Presence through prayer. Help me to take authority over the enemy and banish fear from my life.
Written by Keith Bennett