“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.” Priscilla Shirer in Fervent
This is exactly where I’d been…crippled, paralyzed, indecisive, concerned about what might happen, clinging to safety and sameness.
In reading this chapter of Fervent, Priscilla also shares that fear is one of Satan’s greatest ways in crippling God’s people. I’d also been focusing on fear not being from God.
So I began to think, “If Satan is working this hard to keep me in fear and not moving forward, what amazing beauty and/or blessing from God is he trying to keep me from?”
My prayer for Confronting Fear:
God, I thank You that You don’t give me a spirit of fear but of power, love, sound mind. I ask You to forgive me when I give in to fear and ask that You help me not to choose, wallow in, entertain, or make friends with fear. You promise me a hope and a future. Because fear doesn’t come from You, help me recognize Satan’s attacks to keep me from Your plan which is my destiny-my next challenge/opportunity to see Your glory on display in what You wish to do with my life. You are fearless Lord-please give me the faith to be fearless in You.
When I’m afraid, help me choose to put my trust in God whose word I praise. Instruct and teach me in the way I should go, Lord-counsel me with Your eye upon me. Give me Your peace, not as the world gives. Take away the fear that I allow to cripple me for I know that if Satan’s working overtime to make me fearful, there must be some blessing or beauty from Heaven He’s trying to divert me from. Thank you in advance for that blessing and beauty and for Your work in my life! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.