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The Fourth Watch

  • Seeing them distressed in rowing, for the wind was contrary to them, about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea, and he would have passed by them, but they, when they saw him walking on the sea, supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw him, and were troubled. But he immediately spoke with them, and said to them, "Cheer up! It is I! Don't be afraid." Mark 6:48'50 WEB.

    Peter, James, John, and the other disciples were struggling to row against the wind in their fishing boat. It was a dark night, and the wind and waves beat against their small craft. They had entered the boat to cross the sea of Galilee as Jesus had told them, but now they were faced with a relentless, opposing wind.

    God's path for them was on the other shore, which took them right through the storm. Jesus wasn't with them, for He had remained behind on the mountain to pray. The disciples felt they were facing this storm alone, but in the darkest, coldest part of the night, Jesus came to them by walking across the water. Then He said, "Cheer up! It is I! Don't be afraid!"

    At the pinnacle of their struggle, Jesus appeared and calmed the storm, but they did not understand, for their hearts were hardened. The hardness of the heart is a lack of spiritual perception, that lack of "readiness to learn" that followed the Pharisees and Scribes. Jesus couldn't teach them anything because they were too busy trying to correct His error and bring Him back in line with their teachings.

    The disciples suffered from some of this (Mark 6:52), just as we all do in various areas. We all need to stay teachable, stay flexible, for we serve the Almighty Living God who is infinitely intelligent. We have more to learn about God than an ant setting out to build a space station.

    Have you ever gone through a season where you wake up each night at 3 A.M.? I certainly have. The fourth watch of the night is 3 A.M. to 6 A.M. This is when Jesus came to them. Jacob wrestled with God during the fourth watch (Genesis 32:24). I remember an entire week when I woke up at 3:33 A.M. each morning. Around this time, your mind has finally slowed down, your body is resting, and the Lord may attempt to speak to you.

    So if things are dark and the winds of life are blowing, don't be surprised if you wake up around this time. If you do, try praying and listening for a moment. Many times after this, I will have a dream, a vision, a song, or an impression come to me that is meaningful. If you have a problem with God speaking to someone today, please remember that Jesus told us, "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me" (John 10:27).

    Prayer: Lord Jesus, please teach me to recognize Your voice. Please speak to me clearly so that I can understand and guide me today. Lord, please calm the storms in my life. A single word from You makes everything OK. Fill me with Your peace and presence, and grow stronger and stronger in my life. In Your name, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen and Amen!!!
Apr 27
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Amen
Apr 27
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Apr 27
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen❣️

Apr 27
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

Apr 27
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Suzy Romaine
Suzy Romaine

Pastor Dion and Sylvia, I love that your devotional emails come into my inbox  during this Fourth Watch. On those nights that I am awake at that time,  your message brings Jesus's peace.   Thank you Lord for speaking to me in a voice I can understand . 

Apr 27
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: Apr 27

Amen.  Heavenly Father, Thank You for holding me up.  I trust YOU Lord. AMEN

Apr 27
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Amen!

Apr 27
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Apr 27
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,Jesus you are everything to us.

Apr 27
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

BE STILL AND KNOW I AM GOD...PSALMS : 46:10

AMEN !

XO

SHARON

Apr 27
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen

Apr 27
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Janet Sorensen
Janet Sorensen

I have heard that at 3 am, there is more "supernatural" activity. That's when spirits are supposedly more active, or we are more sensitive to them, or both. It's also when my cat gets all fluffy and acts like he's chasing demons. Who knows? I don't usually wake up at 3 am any more since I'm on seroquel. But God and the devil still manage to get their messages across at other times. I have gotten a little better about telling one from the other!

Apr 27
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for always being with me! Fill me with Your peace and presence, Amen.

Apr 27
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Jesus.  Amen 

Apr 27
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Apr 27
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Heavenly Father Thank You for all You have done in my life and for our family, speak to me softly so I can understand Your message. Please calm the winds of despair surrounding me,keep me safe and lead me. In Your Son Holy name I pray, Amen. Thank You Lord. 

God bless you and Sylvia, thanks for sharing your devotionals of truth about our Lord, Amen. 

Apr 27
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

GOD'S GOT IT !  :  )

Apr 29
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Cindy Holcomb
Cindy Holcomb

Amen

Apr 27
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

We ask You Lord God in Jesus name, Amen. 

Apr 27
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

I love this mental picture, Pastor Dion: We have more to learn about God than an ant setting out to build a space station. Lord, find me teachable, flexible, listening and obedient today. Amen

Apr 27
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Apr 27
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

Apr 27
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen, speak to me Lord!

Apr 27
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Make me strong in this life dear God. Help my family progress Amen 

Apr 27
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! Lord let me clearly understand your voice, Direct me Lord Jesus, show me the way, I want your ways to be my ways

Apr 28
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you for this devotion today. I have been waking up about 2:30 to 3:00 almost every night for the past 2 weeks. I cant figure out why I am waking up and thinking its morning but I am still exhausted and need to go back to sleep. Thanks for the advice to pray and talk to God and see if there is something He would like me to hear. Speak to me Lord in a way that I can understand, show me what you want me to know and direct my path! In the name of Jesus I pray.

Apr 28