We may be certain that whatever God has made prominent in his Word, he intended to be conspicuous in our lives. C.H. Spurgeon

There are two things that I know off the top of my head that show up quite a lot in God’s Word: the act and importance of prayer and the admonition and assurance, Do not be afraid. Now, I don’t know about you, but to me these two things are nothing less than intimately connected. Consider how often Jesus goes off alone to spend time with his heavenly Father, to seek his face and to be in his presence. And consider how the bold and fearless the people in scripture tend to be.

And, think about it, how much more courageous will we be if we spend more time in prayer? If we take time to remind ourselves how mighty a God we serve and just how much he loves us. Prayer helps us stay focused on Jesus and that can only make us less afraid of the things in this world.

After all, when we keep our focus on Jesus, we walk on water {like Peter}.

When we pray and offer Jesus what little we have we feed 5,000 people {like the disciples and Jesus did}.

When we keep our focus on Jesus, we drop our stones and walk away from condemning others with our hypocrisy {like the crowd who brought out the woman caught in adultery}.

When we keep our focus on Jesus, we haul in the biggest catch of our day {like Peter and his friends}.

When we pray, we sleep in a den of lions and wake up unharmed {like Daniel}.

When we turn our focus toward Jesus, we are blinded to our selfish pursuits and transformed into one of God’s most prolific writers and disciples {like Saul who became Paul}.

serving God & others through writing
serving God & others through writing

When we pray, we walk across dry ground with a raging sea high on either side of us {like Moses and the Israelites}.

When we pray and keep our focus on God, we march around our enemy sounding trumpets and shouting to the Lord and know victory {like Joshua and his men}.

When we pray and trust God, we stand before the giant and know victory because it is God’s fight and not ours {like David}.

When we pray and keep our eyes on Jesus in the face of persecution or derision or hatred, we can stand in grace and ask God’s forgiveness our on enemies {like Stephen}.

When we stand in the presence of God and listen to his Words, we behold the brightest star, hear the most amazing proclamations, and find Jesus in the most unexpected places {like Mary, the Shepherds, the wise men}.

When we pray, when we pour out our hearts to God, we create opportunities to draw nearer to the Creator, to know his protection, to know his forgiveness, to celebrate his blessings, to turn our suffering and lament to joy and celebration {like David}.

When we choose to give up our lives and follow Jesus, we will witness miracles and grace and love like never before.


6 thoughts on “Let’s Kick Fear to the Curb

    1. I think that’s what writing involves just about every time, don’t you, Shelly? Or pursing any dream, really. If it’s a God-given dream, it’s God’s fight and we call on his name and know victory.

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