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Prayer, Plain and Simple

The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?
Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me.  Psalm 118:6,7a NLT

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?   Psalm 27:1,2 NLT

“…Do not fear anything that is frightening.” 1 Peter 3:6 ESV

What are you afraid of today? It’s been said that the Bible commands us in 365 places to “Fear not.”  That means fear nothing, fear no one, ever. How is this possible in a scary world where wars are gaining strength, tensions are rising in nations around us, plagues are consuming the attention and lives of communities?

This is why: because we have a God who responds to faith. He acts in response to our faith. Nowhere do we see Jesus respond to someone’s fear saying, “Your fear has made you whole, go in peace.” Fear causes us to go to pieces. Faith causes us to go in peace. We have a choice to focus on our fears or focus on our fortress. I encourage you to search the Scriptures for yourself today. Find out what the Bible says about fear and train, and transform your mind to not dwell on fearful thoughts, but rather to feed your soul with the Word of God and with faith-filled instruction. Memorize Psalm 27; meditate on it all day long. Soon your fears will be replaced with courage, and joy will follow.

Father,

I confess my weakness to give in to fear. Please change my heart. Make me steadfast in faith, living my life unafraid, completely free from fear. This is your plan for my life, and I embrace it. I cast all my cares and anxieties upon you, knowing that you care about me, so I don’t have to! Thank you for freeing me from all my fears.

In Jesus’ Name Amen.

 

 

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