The Gospel Of The Kingdom – Calming The Storm

By Pastor Juliana T Akinbami

Calming The Storm

Let’s journey Mark (4:35-41) and see how the disciples were set up to experience a storm leading to the miraculous. We will learn from these verses and put our faith into action.

Jesus Leads Us Into New Territories:

Mark 4:35
> “That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side.'”

This verse sets the scene. Jesus suggests to His disciples that they cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. It indicates a transition, both literally (crossing the sea) and metaphorically (moving into a new phase of life, ministry, business, country, or a new challenge).

What does “go to the other side” mean to you? Pause for a moment and consider what this means. When Jesus talks about going to the other side, it’s like He’s inviting us to try new or unfamiliar things in life or our spiritual work. It is important to follow Jesus’ guidance, even when it leads us into situations that might seem tough or strange.


Heavenly Father,
In the mighty and matchless name of Jesus, I come before You with a heart open to Your leading. Lord Jesus, as You invited Your disciples to cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, I recognize Your call in my life to embark on new journeys and face new challenges. I declare that with Your guidance, I am ready to step into unfamiliar territories, trusting in Your sovereign power and authority.

Lord, embolden my heart to embrace the transitions You set before me. Grant me the courage to step into the unfamiliar, trusting that You are leading me.

Lord, I acknowledge that this journey may not be without trials. Yet, I stand firm in the knowledge that You are the Master of the winds and the waves. I decree and declare that any resistance, fear, doubt, or obstacle that stands against this divine call into new territories is rendered powerless in the name of Jesus. I rebuke every spirit of hesitation, anxiety, and confusion that may attempt to hinder my obedience to Your call.

I embrace the courage and faith needed to follow You, Jesus, into these new phases of life, ministry, business, and spiritual growth. I am confident that as I move forward, Your grace will be sufficient, Your strength will be perfect in my weakness, and Your wisdom will guide my every step.

Thank You, Lord, for Your unending faithfulness and for the assurance that as I respond to Your call, Your presence will go with me, and Your hand will guide me. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray and declare victory over new territories. Amen.

Prioritizing Personal Time with Jesus

Mark 4:36
> “Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.”

The disciples follow Jesus’ instructions, leaving the crowd to embark on a private journey. They took Jesus “just as he was” implying Jesus’ readiness to face what comes without additional preparation.  Taking Jesus “just as He was” into the boat could also mean carrying His presence into every aspect of our lives. Whether in personal, professional, or social arenas, we should reflect Jesus’s character, thereby being His representatives wherever we go.
The mention of other boats suggests that this event is witnessed by others, not just the disciples.
Just as the disciples left the crowd to be with Jesus in the boat, you and I should prioritize personal time with Jesus. Amidst the busyness and distractions of life, setting aside private moments for prayer, Bible study, and reflection is essential. This application encourages us to consciously create space in our lives for intimate, uninterrupted communion with Jesus.


Heavenly Father,

In the name of Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son, I come to You with a heart yearning for a deeper communion with You. As the disciples took Jesus into the boat, leaving the crowd behind, I, too, desire to prioritize personal time with You, Lord, amidst the hustle and bustle of life.

I declare that in my daily life, I will consciously set aside time for prayer, Bible study, and reflection, seeking to experience Your presence more intimately. I choose to carry Jesus into every aspect of my life, whether in personal, professional, or social settings.

Lord, help me to be a true representative of Christ, showing His grace, compassion, and wisdom in my interactions with others. May my life be a testimony to those around me, just as the other boats witnessed the disciples’ journey with Jesus.

I decree that no distraction, no busyness, and no challenge shall hinder my commitment to spending personal time with You, Lord. In these sacred moments with You, may I find strength, guidance, and peace that surpass all understanding.

Thank You, Father, for the gift of Your Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit who guides us into all truth. I am grateful for the privilege of intimate fellowship with You. In Jesus’ mighty name, I pray and declare these things. Amen.

Presence of Jesus in Life’s Storms

Mark 4:37

> And a furious storm of wind [[of hurricane proportions] arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat so that it was already becoming filled.

– Suddenly, a violent storm arises, endangering the boat and its passengers. You know what it is like when you are in the air and everything is sailing smoothly until suddenly there is turbulence and the pilot switches on the “fasten your seatbelt.” Sign. This demonstrates the unpredictability of life and nature, and despite being with Jesus the disciples were vulnerable. The storm comes like a sudden life crisis, and one is tempted to ask, “Where is Jesus in all this?
Being a Christian does not exempt one from life’s troubles. However, the presence of Jesus ensures divine support and safety through these challenges. Hallelujah. Please declare with me, “Jesus is in my boat (mention what the boat means to you). Some things may not be adding up now but Jesus is in that boat with you.


Heavenly Father,

In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, I boldly declare, “Jesus is in my boat.” In every aspect of my life – my family, my health, my career, my finances, or my spiritual journey – I proclaim that Jesus is present. I declare that even when the storms of life rage, when situations seem overwhelming and the waves of uncertainty beat against my boat, Jesus is with me.

I decree and declare that His presence brings peace amidst chaos, strength in weakness, and guidance in confusion. Even if things are not adding up right now, I have faith that Jesus is in the boat with me, steering me through the storm.

I rebuke the spirit of fear, anxiety, and doubt that comes with life’s storms. I embrace the peace of Christ, which surpasses all understanding, to guard my heart and mind. I trust in Your divine support and safety, knowing that with Jesus in my boat, I will navigate through every challenge victoriously.

Thank You, Lord, for Your unending faithfulness and for the assurance that no storm is too great when You are with me. In Jesus’ powerful name, I pray and declare these truths. Amen.

Peace in the Midst of Chaos

Mark 4:38
> “Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?'”

Remarkably, Jesus is asleep during this tumultuous storm, wow (name) Jesus is not intimidated by any storm you and I must not be intimidated either. The disciples’ panic and question to Jesus reveal their fear and doubt about Jesus’ concern for their wellbeing. This is a common human reaction to crises – questioning God’s care amid turmoil.

Jesus sleeping in the boat during the storm is a profound example of peace amidst turmoil. We must choose to find peace in God’s sovereignty, regardless of external circumstances. Chose the Word as Jesus said in John 14:27 – peace I leave with you. Declare ‘I have peace”
Therefore, we see that Jesus laid the foundation for the next miracle – do not fear, trust him, and have peace.


Heavenly Father,

In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, Your Son and my Lord, I come before You, declaring peace in the midst of the chaos and turmoil of life. As Jesus slept soundly in the boat amidst a fierce storm, I, too, choose to rest in the assurance of Your sovereignty and love.

I declare, “I have peace.” This peace is not of the world, but the peace that Jesus Himself has given, as He said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” I refuse to be intimidated by the storms of life, Just as Jesus was present in the boat with His disciples, He is present in my life, offering peace and calm.

I rebuke the spirit of fear, anxiety, and turmoil. I embrace the serene confidence that comes from knowing that You, God, are in control. In every situation that seems to be a storm, I declare that Your peace reigns. The winds and waves of life’s troubles will not overwhelm me, for Jesus is with me.

Lord, I trust in Your promise that You will never leave me nor forsake me. Your presence is the anchor of my soul in times of trouble. I believe that You care deeply about my well-being and will see me through every trial.

Thank You, Father, for the gift of peace that surpasses all understanding. I choose to rest in this peace, confident in Jesus’ authority over every circumstance. In Jesus’ powerful name, I pray and declare these truths. Amen.

Jesus’ Authority Over Our Problems

Mark 4:39
> “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.”

– Jesus’ response to the storm demonstrates His divine authority over nature. His command brings immediate calm, illustrating His power not just in teaching and healing, but over the physical world. This act serves as a powerful revelation of Jesus’ identity to His disciples.

The way Jesus calms the storm demonstrates His authority over the physical and metaphorical storms in life. This is a reminder for believers to trust in Jesus’ power to bring peace and resolution to the challenges they face.


Heavenly Father,

In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, I boldly declare that the same power and authority that Jesus demonstrated over the storm on the Sea of Galilee is active and present in my life.

I affirm that Your authority extends over every challenge and problem I face. Whether these are storms of health issues, financial struggles, relationship conflicts, emotional turmoil, or any other difficulty, I trust in Your power to bring calm and order.
In the name of Jesus, I speak to every storm in my life: “Be still!” (Speak to any storm and release the power of God in the name of Jesus, command every storm to be muzzled)
I declare that peace replaces chaos, clarity replaces confusion, and hope replaces fear. I proclaim that hope rises above fear. “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me.” I stand firm in this promise, knowing that Your rod and Your staff comfort me. In every circumstance that seems to bring despair, I see the light of hope shining brightly, for my hope is anchored in You.
I rebuke any spirit of anxiety, despair, and helplessness. These do not come from You, Lord, for You have given me a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. I refuse to be held captive by worry or fear. Instead, I embrace the peace and confidence that flow from Your presence and power. This peace does not depend on earthly circumstances but is a divine gift that guards my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

Lord, I am reminded that in every situation, Your power is sufficient. You are not only a teacher and healer but also the Lord over all creation. This knowledge gives me the strength and courage to face life’s storms, knowing that You are in control and that Your peace surpasses all understanding.

Thank You, Jesus, for Your unfailing presence and Your mighty hand that guides and protects me. I praise You for the victory over every challenge, as I place my trust and faith in Your sovereign authority.
In Jesus’ powerful name, I pray and declare. Amen.

Faith Over Fear

Mark 4:40

> “He said to his disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?'”

Ask yourself the same question why are you (name) so afraid?

– After calming the storm, Jesus questions His disciples’ fear and lack of faith. This challenges them (and the reader) to reflect on the nature of faith, especially faith in Jesus’ power and presence. It’s a call to trust in God even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Jesus’ question to His disciples about their fear and lack of faith highlights the importance of faith in God’s protective and providential care. It teaches that faith should be the primary response of believers in the face of fear and uncertainty.
Your fear will not produce the miraculous. Declare, “I refuse to fear.”


Heavenly Father,

In the name of Jesus Christ, I stand before You today, casting away every trace of fear and embracing steadfast faith. Lord Jesus, Your question to the disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” resonates deeply within my heart. It challenges me to examine my faith in life’s storms.

I declare boldly, “I refuse to fear.” In every situation that seems overwhelming, in every moment of uncertainty, I choose faith over fear. I believe in Your protective care, knowing that You are with me always, even in the most turbulent times.

I decree and declare that my faith in You, Lord, is stronger than any fear that tries to grip my heart. I trust in Your power and Your love, which cast out all fear. Your perfect love envelops me, bringing assurance and peace.

Lord, help me to remember that fear does not produce miracles, but faith does. I choose to walk by faith, not by sight, believing in Your promises and Your goodness. I am confident that You are working all things for my good and the good of the situations I have prayed about, even when I cannot see the way forward.

Thank You, Father, for the gift of faith. Strengthen me, Lord, so that in every challenge, I may stand firm, anchored in the faith that You are in control and that nothing is impossible for You.
In Jesus’ mighty name, I pray and make these declarations. Amen.

Understanding the True Nature of Jesus

Mark 4:41
> “They were terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!'”

– The disciples’ reaction is one of awe and fear. This event leads them to a deeper questioning of Jesus’ identity. Their amazement at His command over the wind and waves indicates a growing recognition of His divine nature, yet they are still grappling to fully understand who He is.
The disciples’ awe and question, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” suggests a deeper revelation of Jesus’ divine nature. This passage encourages believers to continually seek a deeper understanding and appreciation of who Jesus is and the extent of His power and authority.


Heavenly Father,

In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, I come before You with a heart full of reverence and awe. Today, I declare my desire and commitment to deepen my understanding of the true nature of Jesus, recognizing Him not just as a teacher and healer, but as the Lord over all creation.

I marvel, just like the disciples, at the question, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” I acknowledge that this revelation is not just a historical account, but a living truth about Jesus’ divine authority and power. I declare that my faith and understanding of Jesus will grow beyond the confines of human reasoning, embracing the supernatural reality of His Lordship.

Lord, help me to see Jesus in His fullness – as the One who has authority over nature, circumstances, and every aspect of life. May this understanding transform the way I live, pray, and face challenges. I seek a deeper relationship with Jesus, yearning to know Him more intimately and to experience His power and presence in every area of my life.

I declare that as I grow in my knowledge of Jesus, fear and doubt diminish. I will stand in awe of His majesty and submit to His Lordship, trusting in His ability to command peace in any storm I encounter.

Thank You, Lord, for revealing the true nature of Jesus to us through Your word. May my life reflect my deepening understanding and faith in Him. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray and declare these truths. Amen.

I pray that these prayers have set you up to see the miraculous in the areas you are trusting God for intervention. By the authority invested in you and the power of Christ, no storm will overwhelm you in the name of Jesus. You have faith over fear and peace in Chaos because Jesus is in your boat.

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