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A prayer when fear creeps in – Your daily prayer – July 9th

A prayer for when fear creeps in
By Alicia Searle

“When I’m scared, I trust you.” – Psalm 56:3

“I’m scared,” I whispered to my husband as we sat in the lobby of a psychologist’s office waiting for our appointment. We were about to bear our hearts and souls to a woman we had never met before. Our hearts were already heavy and completely raw, it felt as if they had been rubbed by the coarsest form of sandpaper. Yet we sat there waiting for our names to be called, only to openly share the struggles and challenges we had faced with our daughter over the past two years.

Was this the answer? Would this cause some of the dreaded fear we’ve been dragging around for so long to finally subside? We had no idea what we were in for. Everything looked gloomy and it felt as if we had been living in a fog. My tired and burdened mother heart wrestled with what the outcome might look like and wondered if a diagnosis would bring relief or more pain. Would we be judged unfit parents for somehow failing her? Would we get news we couldn’t handle? My husband took my hand and looked me over to tell me he was scared too.

Fear. Just the sound of the word can strike a chord. It is because it is such a strong force. It can either drive us closer to God or drive us away as we clumsily seek comfort and some source of peace.

When fear arises within us, our innate and natural response alerts our nervous system and signals that something is wrong and that we must react. Sometimes that reaction can be coping by reaching for the half-empty bottle or withdrawing from others. Sometimes it makes us get angry or plan for the worst, which usually ends up bringing out our worst. Other times we experience the physical effects of fear with rapid heartbeats and increased breathing.

This is where I was. I had succumbed to a place where I physically couldn’t fight, and my body was starting to show. I had chest pains, low energy and multiple panic attacks that woke me up in a cold sweat many nights. Unfortunately, this ultimately caused friction in our home and left me completely unable to fight for our daughter.

Then I was met with the verse contained in Psalm 56:3. David, a man who seemed practically immune to fear between fighting a giant and remaining steadfast under constant oppression and trials, openly shares that he is afraid. David, a man known for his bravery and courage, admits that he is afraid and can only find peace by trusting in God.

David models for us how we should respond to fear. And that, my friend, is by trusting God to fight the battle for us! While I am still learning this myself, and continue to fight an internal war against fear, I am reminded that God is not only in this battle with me but is fighting for me and my precious daughter.

Oh, dear friend, God is fighting for you too! If you are choked with fear and turn to your own thoughts, will you join me in trusting God and letting Him take care of your troubled heart?

Let us pray:

O God, we are so grateful that You are not only good and gracious to us, but You are our fearless and bold defender. We cannot begin to give you enough praise for fighting our battles and restoring peace and tranquility to our weary souls and troubled hearts. Honestly, it’s so hard to remember this truth. Thank you for the promise of Your presence. You promise to be with us even when we face sabotaging fear. Selfishly, we tend to turn to those things that provide immediate but fleeting relief from the crippling grip of fear. So we humbly come before You and ask for Your grace and forgiveness where we have not trusted You. Lord, it is clear that we need your strength, especially in times of intense fear.

We pray that You would calm the waves of our terrible storms and give us Your peace and comfort, along with the calmness of still waters that only You can give. We know that when we trust in You, our fears will not only subside but will offer us a safe haven to hide in as You fight on our behalf. For that we are so thankful that we serve a loving and fearless God. We love you Lord and pray that with you by our side we can live with courage. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Alicia Searle is a dedicated author, blogger and speaker who is passionate about pouring out her heart and pointing ladies of all ages back to Jesus. She has an educational background and master’s degree in literacy. Her favorite people call her mom, which is why much of her time is spent cheering them on at a softball game or dance class. She’s married to her sweetheart (a tall, spiky blonde) who can whip up a mean latte. She sips that goodness while writing her heart on a page while her puppy licks her feet. Visit her website at aliciasearl.com and connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.

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