The disciples were amazed. "Who is this man?" they asked. "Even the winds and waves obey him!" Matthew 8:27 (NLT)
Consider the power of perspective. It can turn something that appears to be life-threatening into something that is life-changing. The account of Christ calming the sea is a classic example (Matthew 8:23-27). From the disciple's perspective, the storm was the end of the line. But God saw it as the beginning of something-a beginning to their understanding of Christ's power and authority.
So how does this apply to prayer? When we pray, and specifically when we pray in a manner that acknowledges His goodness and greatness, it has a powerful way of putting life's storms into perspective.
No matter what trial you might be going through, it's going to be insignificant in comparison to God. Your boss, your job, your car, your health, your spouse, your teenagers, your neighbors...they're all miniscule when placed beside Almighty God!
"Oh Lord, You know that I can't take another day at this job! But right now I'm reminded of what You went through for me, even though I was Your enemy at the time. You could have given up on me, but You didn't and You never will!"
See how it works? Our trials fade when we focus on God because it puts things in proper perspective. It's not us vs. Goliath, it's God vs. Goliath, and we know that we are more than able to overcome through Him (Romans 8:37).
If life's storms have you feeling like you're about to go under, get perspective, spend some time in adoration of who God is and all He's done. As you do, the wind will settle and the sea will be still.
What influences your perspective on circumstances, and how does prayer make a difference? How did the cry of the disciples in Matthew 8:23?27 reflect their perspective? Who can you pray for who is going through a storm?