When everything around us feels uncertain and overwhelming, it’s easy to let fear creep in and overtake us. But God has not given us a spirit of fear! That’s why it’s so important not to fixate on our worries but instead to fix our eyes on Jesus. In fact, prayer is a powerful part of how we can overcome fear, worry, and anxiety. So a while ago on my social media, I went live with a prayer for fear as a part of Prayer Matters.
I’d love for you to watch it and pray with me.
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One of the Scriptures I clung to when I battled with fear and worry was Psalm 143:8. It says:
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8 NIV
I prayed that every morning, and it helped me remember that we can trust God with everything, everyone, every day, and every moment. It’s a prayer to acknowledge God is with us, to remember God is good and trustworthy, and to invite His loving direction into our lives.
Our circumstances will change. But our God never changes. He always walks with us, and He’s going before us—no matter what we face. In fact, this year, my Sisters message is on 1 Peter, which is all about rising up and standing firm in our faith.
What’s amazing is that 1 Peter wasn’t in my plans at all. I thought my message would continue last year’s theme of Jesus Is Life, studying the book of John, chapters five through eight. But in early February, I felt the Holy Spirit prompt me to study 1 Peter instead. I didn’t understand it at the time, but now I clearly see how incredible it is that God went before us.
These verses from 1 Peter feel especially timely, and they remind me that no matter what we’re going through, we can rejoice—not because our circumstances are good, but because of the hope we have in Jesus.
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7 NIV
The trials we face can refine our faith when we turn to God and remember who He is. So, if you’re struggling with fear, worry, and anxiety, know there is so much hope for you and peace available to you. I know because I’ve been there. In fact, if you listen to the You’ve Heard It Said Podcast, you can hear a little more of my story and talk about it with your LifeGroup. Then, you and your women’s LifeGroup can join us online for Sisters on October 21-22, 2020.
Let me encourage you that our God is bigger than any fears you face. When you’re afraid, you can put your trust in Him. So, here’s a prayer for fear, worry, and anxiety:
Father, I pray that my heart would begin to know You more. Overwhelm me with Your love. Help me begin to trust You in a deeper way. Set me free from fear and worry. Give me hope. You are good. Your love endures forever. Calm my anxious heart. I lift my soul to You, knowing that Your goodness and mercy will truly follow me all the days of my life. Speak peace to my heart, Father. You are my abundance, my joy, and my hope. In Jesus’ name, amen.