Let us share with you a recent article from James Bates in Israel which is pertinent to the message this coming Sunday morning.
While praying for the safety of our families in the midst of the ongoing terror attacks here in Israel, two examples of prayer came to mind. The first was Yeshua's disciples waking Him up while He slept on the boat during a storm (Matt 8). The second was Yeshua praying in the Garden of Gethsemane while His disciples slept (Matt 26).
What I saw through these moments was that the disciples were more mindful of the temporal things than the eternal. While it is not wrong for us to pray for safety and protection, it is wrong for us to operate out of fear, and become overwhelmed by natural circumstances.
When the storm began overtaking the boat the disciples became fearful, woke Yeshua and said "Lord, save us! We are perishing!" (vs 25). Yeshua's response, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" (vs 26). They were all in the same boat, but Yeshua responded to the storm much differently.
In the Garden of Gethsemane however Yeshua was deeply distressed and asked the disciples to watch and pray with Him. Three times he came back and found them sleeping instead of praying.
So why were the disciples awake and fearful when Yeshua was sleeping, and then when He asked them to watch and pray with Him, they could not stay awake? Because, in the boat they could see and feel the wind and waves. They were overwhelmed by the natural circumstances, and operating in fear and not faith. In the Garden however, they did not understand what Yeshua was doing and the eternal significance of what was about to happen.
Too often we pray according to the natural circumstances of the storms in life, and miss the invitation to watch and pray with Him concerning things of eternal significance.
So, let us, like Yeshua in the Garden of Gethsemane place the Father's will above our own, seek to see things from His perspective and pray from a place of faith to release His eternal purposes on earth.