“But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.” - Matthew 14:24-26.
After the crowds had departed, Christ asked his disciples to cross to the other side of the river by boat while he stayed behind to pray. That the Lord could set aside time to pray privately is an important example for us to be doing likewise.. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) In the meantime, the disciples were having difficulties in the midst of the sea, as the winds were contrary. At about the fourth watch, that is about 3.00 a.m. they saw Jesus Christ walking towards them. Naturally, the disciples were frightened, thinking they had seen a spirit. Only a spirit could walk on water! But Jesus Christ calmed them down, saying “Be of good cheer; it is I, be not afraid.” True to his nature, Peter requested permission to also walk on the water. “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matthew 14:30, 31) It could be seen that while his faith was strong, Peter could comfortably bestride the waves. But when his faith started failing because of the waves and the winds, he started sinking. We should not doubt the ability of God Almighty to save. King Solomon says: “Be not afraid of sudden fear,…. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.” - Proverbs 3:25, 26.