New International Version (NIV)
13 When a gentle south wind began to blow, they saw their opportunity; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. 14 Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island. 15 The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along. 16 As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboat secure, 17 so the men hoisted it aboard. Then they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. Because they were afraid they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor and let the ship be driven along. 18 We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. 19 On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands.
The Apostle Paul was a prisoner of the Roman Centurian, Julius. He was headed to Rome to appear before the Emperor. They had been delayed in their departure and Paul warned Julius that they would not make it to their destination on time if they sailed then. Julius did not heed Paul’s warning, but listened instead to the ship’s captain and its owner. The ship would later be washed aground by a storm, but all 276 passengers would survive because they later followed the advice of Paul to stay with the ship in the storm, as the Lord had told him.
We face many storms in life and there is much advice given as to what we should do. Give us ears to hear, eyes to see, and hearts willing to follow You. Your Word keeps us moored to truth and that truth keeps us from drifting away in the trials that we all will face. We thank You for caring, for watching over us in every situation. Today, may all who read this prayer be lifted up and carried to safe harbor. May the sick be healed, the poor be given bread, the lost be found.
In the name of Jesus who keeps us moored in safe harbor.