Sometimes, it looks like Jesus put the disciples into awkward—even difficult—situations on purpose . . . like He knew they were going to be tested. I would have hated it if I was one of them, but I love watching what happens from my 21st-century perspective!
For example, in Luke 8:22 He said, “Hey, let’s take this boat across the lake.” Then He fell asleep in the boat—deeply asleep. A big storm came. Did He know that it would come? Did He want to test their faith? I tend to think that He did.
Well, they failed the faith test. First, they were afraid, but this is not their failure. It’s okay to be afraid when something big and scary happens. The Creator built us that way. It helps us survive. Then, they woke up Jesus. That’s not their failure either. Talking to God is a good thing to do when you’re afraid. That’s what we tell our kids, isn’t it?
So where are they lacking? Or, as Jesus put it, “Where is your faith?” Answer: They assumed that Jesus couldn’t take care of the situation; they thought they were as-good-as-dead. They woke Him up in a panic, saying, “We’re going to drown!” (Makes me wonder why they even woke Him up; I mean, if I was about to die, I’d just as soon be asleep when it happens—less scary that way.) Looks to me like they just wanted Jesus to be aware of the situation. Instead, they should have said, “We need you to take care of this.”
It’s okay that they didn’t know how He would handle it. He just expected them to believe that He could and would.
Sometimes our (okay, MY) prayers focus more on informing God of the situation than on asking Him to handle it, more on complaining than complying, more on the crisis than the Christ. If I really believe that He is sovereign, then my prayers need to reflect an “asked and answered” attitude.
Know what I mean?