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A Reflection for When You Feel Anxious and Afraid
In life, we sometimes face circumstances that are simply out of our control. Very often, no amount of
our own planning or efforts can alleviate the struggles or even prevent such trials from happening.
The enemy wants nothing more than to keep us enslaved to feelings of deep anxiety and crippling
fear. Such feelings are just a few of the enemy’s most powerful tactics against God’s people.
He gives us the power to live courageously, boldly, and fearlessly…
Yet we have weapons too – the Word of Truth and the power of prayer. Through prayer, we can stand
strong in the power of God’s truth. He is greater. Always. And He gives us the power to live courageously, boldly, and fearlessly while our surroundings tempt us to be anxious and afraid. His truth whispers sure and strong to the deepest core of our spirits: “Don’t worry. Do not be anxious or afraid.”
What is God saying to you now? Tune into what the Lord is saying.
Dear God, The anxiety we face often feels like too much to carry. We’re tired and weary. We’re drained. We face discouragement at every turn. Yet we believe you are a miracle-working God, and we thank you that you are fighting for us today, even behind the scenes where we can’t fully see. We want to give these anxious thoughts to you, but many times we don’t even know how to fully let go.
Help us to release our burdens to you. We know you can carry it all so much better than we ever could. We trust that your power is far greater than the difficulties we’re up against. We believe that you are mighty and that you are bigger than these present trials.
"... victory, freedom, security, and salvation are found in you alone."
Thank you for promising to be our refuge and strength in times of trouble. Thank you for your powerful presence with us. Thank you that you go before us, are with us every step in the journey, and that you cover us from behind. We ask you for our needs right now and we depend on your wisdom and strength.
Your words bring such hope and comfort when we’re feeling anxious and afraid. Remind us, dear Lord, that you are close, here in our midst, and that you will never leave us to fend for ourselves in difficulties. May we see constant glimpses of your glory and blessing as we seek to follow you. For victory, freedom, security, and salvation are found in you alone.
"Silence the lies of the enemy over us. Give us the awareness we need to step over his traps."
We choose faith over fear today. We choose to set our eyes on you and not on our circumstances. We choose faith over fear. We choose trust over worry. Silence the lies of the enemy over us. Give us the awareness we need to step over his traps. We trust you to protect our way and to bring us safely through these problems we’re facing. Forgive us for the times we have worked so hard to be self-sufficient, forgetting our need for you, living independent of your Spirit. Forgive us for letting fear and anxiety control our minds, and for allowing pride and selfishness to wreak havoc over our lives. Forgive us for not following your ways and living distant from your presence.
"... you see the big picture... you know far more than we're even aware of."
We ask you to provide for our needs. We ask for your grace and favor. We pray you would help us to thrive and make every plan that you have birthed in our hearts to succeed. We pray that others would take notice of your goodness, unable to help but proclaim your glory through the miracles, healing, and restoration you bring into our lives.
We ask that you would open doors that no one can shut. We ask that you would close the doors tightly that never need to be opened again. Help us to stop wrestling or trying to work it all out in our own power. Thank you that you see the big picture, that you know far more than we’re even aware of. We trust you in that. We pray for your will to be done and not our own.
"May we reflect your light, peace, and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing."
We choose to find rest and joy in you today. Thank you for your goodness and favor over our days. Thank you for giving us great hope and purpose for the future. We lay it all down before you, again. Fill us fresh with your Spirit and give us the faith to believe that you are forever true to your promises, that you are fully trustworthy.
Thank you for reminding us how we never have to worry or fear, for your Mighty Presence is with us, and our future is secure in the place you are preparing for us. May we make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. May we reflect your light, peace, and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing. In the Precious Name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.