19th March 2013


“But when [Peter] saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’”
Matthew 14:30 (NIV)

“Mayday” (from the French “M’aider”, meaning “Help me!”) is recognised as the international distress-call the world over. It’s one immediately answered by a ship or aircraft of any nationality.

Sometimes there are situations in our lives that call, not for the disciplined prayer over many months or years, but a sudden cry of “Mayday”—“Help me!”

One such example of this in Matthew’s gospel is where Jesus was asleep on board the disciples’ boat on the Sea of Galilee when a sudden storm took hold and threatened to drown them all. The terrified disciples woke Jesus and cried, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:25).

The need was serious and obvious; the request (prayer) to Jesus was simple and urgent (there was no time for a lengthy, verbose monologue); and the answer was immediate and complete. Verse 26 says, “Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.”

One great lesson from this incident is that even when we are in a desperate and immediate crisis, nothing catches God unawares or fazes him. With him there are no unforeseen circumstances, no panic stations. He is always tuned in to the “Mayday” waveband, ready to hear and answer our emergency calls.

What an encouragement it is to know that nothing is outside of God’s ultimate control. No wonder the writer of Hebrews says, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

Help us, dear Lord, hear our cry, visit us in our distress and give us peace and calm.

Study by Barry Robinson

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