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QUIET TIME

November 20, 2014

Thursday

 

Matthew 14:22-23

 

And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,

 

LESSON

 

As soon as the people had finished eating, Jesus “immediately compelled” His disciples to enter a boat and depart for the other side of the lake. There appear to have been several reasons for His unusual action. First, this miracle appears to have refueled the enthusiasm of some in the crowd to draft Jesus and to force Him to lead the nation. After dismissing the crowd, Jesus walked up the mountainside to pray.

Jesus walks to the hillside to pray. The disciples never thought anything of this because the Bible makes it plain that this was a routine event for Jesus to step away for prayer.

During the time the disciples were on the water, a wind built up and the little boat was being pushed farther out in the sea. When Jesus had completed His prayers, he went to them. He walked out on the water to be with his disciples. And he will come to us in our storms.

 

Memory Verse: Psalms 119:11

 

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