August 14, 2011: Matthew 14:22-34, Read for Older Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · August 8, 2011
Audio length: 3:07
At that time, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. And after He had dismissed the crowds, He went up into the hills by Himself to pray.
When evening came, He was there alone, but the boat was in the middle of the sea, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against it. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.
But when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a spirit!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.”
And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is You, bid me come to you on the water.” Jesus said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; but when he saw the mighty wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out His hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind became calm. And those in the boat came and worshipped Jesus, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”
And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennes’aret.
1. What does Jesus tell the disciples to do immediately?
2, What does He do after He dismisses the crowds?
3. Why do you think Jesus worked so hard to be alone and pray? Do you think it helped Him to be ready for what happened next?
4. What does this say about praying?
5. Ask your godparents what they do so that they can pray each day.
6. Prayer can help us be ready for what happens in our lives. What can you do this week to make time to pray?