Fear sometimes starts as a small thought.
Fear is composed by the enemy. It could be a hypothetical problem — not always real:
“What if something bad happens?” Replace that “something” with a specific concern or crisis that comes to mind. It is a thought that can easily escalate into worry, anxiety, and fear. It is a question that demands our attention. That question can overwhelm us and distract us from God. Or it can push us to seek Him.
God is capable. God is always present. We simply need to call Him near.
What if something bad really happens?! We’ve all asked that question, right? When it enters our minds, I think we have two options: worry or pray.
I choose to pray because God listens. I can feel hopeless but I do not need to live without hope.
If you start to worry, consider a few of God’s promises:
God is faithful. “The tempted, the anxious, the fearful, the discouraged may all find new hope and good cheer in the knowledge that our Heavenly Father is faithful. He will ever be true to His pledged word.” A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy
God is present. Do not fear because I am WITH you. Immanuel — God with us.
God offers peace. He himself is our peace. (Ephesians 2:14).
God pours out His comfort, love, and protection upon us during storms. Walk by faith in the One who promises to hold on to us — tight. In Him, we are strong. In Him, we are courageous. In Him, we find peace. In Him, we are afraid of nothing when we remember that God can handle everything.
I’ve learned a lot about praying and receiving peace: During some very difficult circumstances. I remembered and relied on God’s promise that He is with us. He is always present. He holds us close to His heart, and there — we don’t have to be afraid.
He instructs and invites us to pray. “Come to Me all you who are weary… and I will give you rest for your souls.” — Jesus. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, through prayer… present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” — the Apostle Paul. And when we do pray, He is gentle with us. He tells us to trust Him. Trusting Him magnifies hope.
So let’s bring Him our worries through prayer, and also rejoice in His love. Let’s take it straight to God.
When we choose to pray — instead of giving way to worry — what happens?
We grow a bit in faith. We see more of His love for us. As we saw in Philippians 4:7, His peace guards our hearts and minds. We don’t have to pray perfectly! Sometimes, we don’t even know how to begin. But “the Spirit helps us in our weakness…” (Romans 8:26).
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Friend, I encourage you to talk with the Lord about anything and everything that worries you!