But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” (Matthew 14:30)
At the invitation of Jesus, Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water. All was going smoothly until he took his eyes off on Jesus and focused on the storm. He became afraid and began to sink. What should he have done differently?
Here’s what I wrote in Give Up Worry For Good…
Sometimes we believe that being afraid is the same thing as worrying. That is completely untrue. Fear is an emotion and worry is an action. One we can control, and the other we can’t. The goal of this book is to help you stop worrying, not to keep you from being afraid. Before we dig into this Bible verse, let’s take a closer look at fear and worry.
We may not be able to control our fear, but we can control how we respond to it. It took him a little while, but Peter eventually did the right thing and turned to Jesus for help. His cry for help wasn’t elaborate – “Lord, save me”! It’s one of my favorite prayers.