Create a prayer for your fears
Have you put together your prayer strategy for your past? I hope so! This week we are moving on to Prayer Strategy number six, your fears! If you’re just joining us, come on in! We’re working through the book, Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. If you want to purchase the book you can do so through this affiliate link by clicking here.
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what is fear
According to the dictionary, fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
Sweaty palms, racing heartbeat, nausea, anxiety. Fear is unpleasant! You know that feeling in the pit of your stomach that makes you just want to hide, and curl up somewhere safe? Me too! Don’t you just hate that feeling? Fear will cause us to stop dead in our tracks and flee just as fast as we can in the other direction. When we start feeling incapable, overwhelmed, unworthy, and paralyzed by fear, we need to take a good look at the source of the problem. When we allow fear to sit in the driver seat of our lives and make our decisions for us, we are hindering ourselves and the calling God has for us.
“If I were your enemy, I’d magnify your fears, making them appear insurmountable, intimidating you with enough worries until avoiding them becomes your driving motivation. I would use anxiety to cripple you, to paralyze you, leaving you indecisive, clinging to safety and sameness, always on the defensive because of what might happen. When you hear the word faith, all I’d want you to hear is “unnecessary risk.” ”— Fervent By Priscilla Shirer
god addresses fear in scripture
I bet if I were to ask you to name just one scripture dealing with fear, one would quickly come to mind. One of the very first scriptures I remember memorizing is Deuteronomy 31:6, which says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (NIV)
As Priscilla points out in the book, God touches on fear more than 300 times in Scripture! God knows that we will struggle with fear. On page 110, Priscilla recounts the story of Moses and the children of Israel, when they are pinned up against the waters of the Red Sea, while the Egyptian pharaoh and his armies were bearing down from behind. She points out that when Moses said to the people, “Do not fear!” Moses wasn’t telling them not to feel fear. Fear is a natural human response, but we should not make friends with it, entertain it, or engage it. I loved this point!
“If God has given you clear direction, like He gave the children of Israel — direction that’s confirmed by His written Word and by the sounding board of wise, godly counsel — and your only real reason for resisting Him is because you’re afraid of what following Him down this path might mean or cost or entail, then you’re not only on the threshold of being disobedient, you’re about to miss an opportunity to give God some fresh, new glory by doing what He’s wanting to do through you, which is the true impetus behind His invitation for you to join Him on this scary adventure in the first place.”— Fervent By Priscilla Shirer
the enemy and fear
2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Fear is not from God, friends. The enemy uses fear to keep us from the goodness God has in store for us and His Kingdom. God is in control. He is always with us, and He has prepared a way ahead of us.
Ephesians 2:10 (CSB) says “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.” All the prep work has been done. Let’s push past fear and walk into the path God has already paved for us. Have faith in God’s plan and His will for you. When we start to feel fear creeping up, let’s turn to God in prayer. Because He is faithful.
Create a prayer strategy for your fears
Consider adding some of these scriptures to your prayer strategy for your fears. If you’re following along in the book you can find these scriptures, plus more, on pages 115-117.
- But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? Psalm 56:3-4
- For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
- I will insruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Psalm 32:8
- For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
my personal prayer
I’m sharing my personal prayer with you to serve as inspiration as you write your own! Here is the prayer strategy I wrote in my war binder for my fears.
I’m praying for you as you work to craft a prayer for your fears. See you next week as we dive into prayer strategy number seven on PURITY.
Rooted in the love of Jesus,