Wherefore didst thou doubt?

PETER answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

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 14:28-31

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An icon of Jesus helping Peter to walk on the water

An icon of Jesus helping Peter to walk on the water

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IF all pastors or priests of God, and their flocks, prayed sincerely and unanimously, with one accord, by means of those prayers, which the Church utters aloud to us or says secretly, then what should we not entreat of God?

What blessings should we not obtain, from what sins and passions, evil, misfortunes and disasters should we not be saved?

These prayers are the most wise, expedient, most pleasing to God, the most powerful and capable of inclining the Lord to every mercy.

May the Lord grant to us all to pray to Him unanimously, sincerely, powerfully, undistractedly!

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LORD! grant that I may ever pour forth my supplications to Thee for the whole world and for the fulfilment of the requests of the whole Church, with all comprehensive, unfeigned love, for by Thy grace I have to pray for the sins of all and for mine own.

Grant, O Lord, God the Father, that I may contemplate Thine unspeakable love unto the world, manifested in giving unto us Thy beloved, Only-begotten Son.

Grant, O God, Son of God, that I may contemplate Thine exhaustion in the world and on the cross for the sake of our salvation;

grant, O God, the Holy Ghost, that I may contemplate Thy grace, abundantly outpoured and still being outpoured upon the world, for the sake of the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ, and so often filling even my sinful heart;

O Holy Trinity, grant that I may continually glorify Thee with my heart and mouth, and above all by my deeds!

Extracts from St John of Kronstadt, “My Life In Christ, or, Moments of Spiritual Serenity and Contemplation, of Reverent Feeling, of Earnest Self-Amendment, and of Peace in God”. Part II. (CCEL)

The icon of St Peter above comes from the blog of Fr Milovan Medakovic, where it illustrates a sermon on faith.

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