BY PASTOR T. O. BANSO
“Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.’ And Peter answered Him and said, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ So He said, ‘Come.’ And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’ And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Truly You are the Son of God’” (Matt. 14:22 –33, NKJV).
In verse 27 of the passage above, Jesus told the disciples “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Initially, Peter wasn’t afraid as he began to walk upon water but verse 30 says when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid and began to sink. Peter might have been afraid and sinking, his next step was correct. As he was sinking he cried, “Lord save me!” Jesus did just that – he saved him.
If Peter had not cried out for Jesus to save him, he would have drowned. So while many people focus on the fact that Peter was afraid and began to sink and criticize him for this, they fail to see that he did the right thing by calling upon Jesus to save him. That is a lesson for you and me. We may have erred by doing some things wrong; we should know the next right thing to do. Don’t concentrate on your efforts alone. Your best effort will, many times, not be enough without the help of God. Learn to look unto Jesus the author and the finisher of your faith. (Heb 12:2) That three-word prayer “Lord save me” is probably one of the most powerful prayers you can ever pray. Learn to cry to the Lord to save you. It is not a sign of failure; it is recognition of your limitation, and a demonstration of your faith in the Lord.
There is another story inMatt. 8:23-27where that prayer “Lord save me!” comes to the fore again. “Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’ But He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’ Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, ‘Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?’” (NKJV).
From that passage, you can see that the disciples were in a similar situation like Peter was. Jesus was in the boat with them and Jesus was sleeping while the tempest on the sea was beating against the boat. The disciples woke him up and cried, “Lord save us!” Jesus rebuked them for their little faith and rebuked the winds and the sea. Great calm was restored.
You may blame the disciples for their lack of faith but they could have also kept quiet and could have perished. But they did the right thing. They knew where to get what they lacked. They knew who to call upon who was very much in the same boat with them. They didn’t die because their inaction.
What do you do when you face a similar situation like the one Peter and the other disciples were in? You don’t have to perish because of your failure or limitation. Call upon the Lord to save you. Whosoever calls on the Lord shall be saved. There is no other condition given other than to call upon Him – “Lord save me!” Paul, quoting from Joel 2:32, says “For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved” (Rom. 10:13, NKJV). Peter, also speaking in Acts 2:21, quoted from the same scripture.
No matter how precarious your condition is, learn to call upon his name; the Lord will save you. Cry “Lord save me!” and see what will happen next. It’s a short prayer but very powerful, very effectual. “Lord save me!” is an alarm to Heaven for divine intervention – it’s an SOS. “When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the LORD your God, and you will be saved from your enemies” (Num. 10:9, NKJV). Did you see that? “Lord save me!” is an alarm, and God will always respond to that alarm. The latter part of that scripture assures, “and you will be remembered before the LORD your God, and you will be saved from your enemies.”
When you cry “Lord save me!” what you are saying to Heaven is that you are helpless but you put your trust in Heaven. Salvation belongs to the Lord and he will save you. He saved Peter when he was sinking and held his hand and the two of them walked back into the boat. That means Peter still walked on water!
You can still walk on the same water – the same business, examination, project, etc. – where you’re sinking. In the same area where you’ve failed, you can still succeed if you’ll cry to the Lord to save you. He’ll save that marriage, that business, that child, etc. – all you need to do is not to be self-sufficient, self-reliant and cry to him to save you. You’ll experience a great calm if you cry to the Lord to save you in the midst of the raging storm in your life, destiny, home, career, health, etc.
Just as God saved Peter and the disciples, he saved David when he was in trouble fleeing from Absalom and he cried to the Lord to save him.David lamented his trouble and helplessness but didn’t fail to cry to the Lord to save him. “Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God!For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone;You have broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongs to the LORD.Your blessing is upon Your people.” (Psalm 3:7-8, NKJV).
Pride will not let some people seek help from someone else until their trouble destroys them. Someone may try to justify not asking help from fellow human beings, but what justification will someone have for refusing to ask God for help especially in the time of trouble? He is a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).
What wisdom is there in that foolishness? Who are you trying to impress by not asking help from God? You want to take the credit for yourself, your intelligence, your efforts? You don’t want to give the glory to God?
David is considered a great warrior, but he never said he didn’t need God’s help; he never failed to ask for God’s help especially whenever he was at his wits’ end. Be wise! David prayed in Psalm 7:1-2. “O LORD my God, in You I put my trust; save me from all those who persecute me; and deliver me, Lest they tear me like a lion, rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver” (NKJV). God didn’t disappoint David. He delivered him. In many of his psalms, we see David asking the Lord to deliver or save him. If you go through the kind of troubles that David had, you would be foolish not to seek the help of the Lord. And the Lord answered David because he put his trust in him, and would always give the glory to God for answering him.
The author of Psalm 118 is not indicated in the Bible, but the psalmist prayed “Save now, I pray, O LORD; O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity” (Psalm 118:25, NKJV). That’s a good prayer point for you to pray. Also earlier in Psalm 116:1–14, the psalmist was in the danger of death, surrounded by trouble and sorrow, he cried to the Lord to save him and he did.
Trust in the Lord
In order to experience his salvation in the valley of the shadow of death, the danger surrounding you, you must put your trust in the Lord. That is the key to enjoying the salvation of the Lord. Isa. 12:2 says, “See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The LORD GOD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation” (NLT).
Prophet Micah lived in a terrible time when people were not living uprightly. He counseled not to trust anyone not even someone who lay on one’s bosom (Micah 7:5-8). If you must enjoy God’s salvation, you must put your trust in God not in anything else.Don’t trust in your bow or your sword to save you (Psalm 44:6). Trust in God’s power to save you like David did. “Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will preserve me against the anger of my enemies. You will clench your fist against my angry enemies!Your power will save me”(Psalm 138:7, NLT).
If you cry to the Lord to save you, you can rest assured that your trouble will not consume you because God’s presence will be with you. “When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you” (Isa. 43:2, NLT). Here is another sure fire assurance by God: “For I am with you and will save you, says the LORD” (Jer. 30:11, NLT). Do you want one more assurance? Here is it: “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand” (Isa. 41:10, NLT). Lord save me!
If you are not born again, kindly take the following steps:*Admit you’re a sinner and you can’t save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start to attend a Bible-believing, Bible -teaching church. There you will be taught how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: “0 Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and surrender my life to him today. I invite Jesus into my heart today. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you Jesus for saving me and making me a child of God”
I believe you’ve said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You’ll need to join a Bible believing, Bible teaching church in your area where you’ll be taught how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I’ll be glad to hear from you. May the Lord be with you.
T.O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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