You’ve heard the sayings…
- Don’t tell God how big your fear is, tell your fear how big your God is.
- F.E.A.R. – False Evidence Appearing Real
- Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.
Although there’s truth in these words, they can sound trite to…
- the parent who received a hard diagnosis about their child.
- the spouse who is suddenly widowed.
- the child whose parents are divorcing.
- the employee whose boss just gave them a pink slip.
- the family who can’t pay their bills.
It’s easy to say, “don’t be afraid” but difficult to fight fear when it’s right in front of us.
There’s a lot of truth in the following quote…
“It’s not the unknown I’m afraid of, it’s the known unknown.” ~ Author Unknown
And in the unknown, it can feel like dreadful problems are just around the corner.
I used to believe that living with fear was going to be part of my life forever.
My first memory is one of fear.
I can still picture my two-year-old self standing next to my grandmother watching out a window as paramedics loaded my mother into an ambulance. Until that day, my little world had always felt safe and secure. I was watched over and protected by my parents, my grandparents, and my aunt as we all lived together in the same duplex home.
But because my mom was sick and everyone else had adult responsibilities, I was sent to stay with my great aunt and great grandparents until my mom recovered.
At that very young, I learned—life can change in an instant.
And I was afraid…
Afraid of the dark, afraid to spend the night away from home, afraid something bad would happen to my parents, and afraid of being left alone.
If you can relate to living with fear as your close companion, you know it doesn’t leave because someone says . . . don’t be afraid, or all you need bigger faith.
Frightened people don’t want to be afraid; they would love to be free of fear but that freedom always feels just out of reach.
Why do I share all of this? Because God did something I believed was impossible. He gave me victory over fear!
And I’d love to tell you how…
♥ He proved to me that He is greater than my fears.
The Lord held me close as I lived through a couple of my greater fears. Jesus has overcome the world and that includes the things that frighten us.
He said – “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
♥ He showed me that I can trust His promises.
The Lord drew me into His Word and filled me with the truth of His promises that helped me stand in His strength when the enemy tempted me with fear.
Promises like this one from David – “The Lord always keeps His promises; He is gracious in all He does.” (Psalm 145:33)
♥ He invited me to give my fear to Him in prayer.
The Apostle Paul wrote – “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6–7)
One of the reasons I started writing Counting My Blessings was to keep myself focused on these truths while going through that season of healing and growing. And for the last 15 years, my heart’s desire is for everyone to know the Lord’s power to change lives.
If He can deliver me from fear, He can deliver you from whatever is trying to discourage and defeat you.
As I look around, fear is a problem for people. There are many who are afraid of illness, lack, and loneliness. They’re afraid for their children and what the future will hold.
You and I can help. Not with platitudes and trite sayings but with faith, hope, and love.
- Listen with Care and Compassion – Say something like, “I’m sorry you’re struggling with this, would you like to talk about it?” Listen to them with compassion and understanding. Your fears may not be the same as theirs but their fears are just as real as yours.
- Pray intentionally and persistently – Pray with them and for them.
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.Hebrews 4:16
Our Heavenly Father listens to every prayer with perfect love. He invites us to bring our fears to Him in prayer.
I found 5 verses to pray when I need victory over fear. And I invite you to make them personal by putting your name or the name of a friend in the blanks.
5 Verses to Pray to Give Victory Over Fear
Jesus, help ___________ to know You are always with them even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)
Help __________ to know that You, Lord God, will go with them. You will not leave them or forsake them. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Father, be __________ hiding place; protect them in this time of trouble and surround them with songs of victory. Guide them along the best path for life. Advise them and watch over them. (Psalm 32:7–8)
Give _________ Your peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. The peace that will guard their heart and mind in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
Father, be _________‘s refuge and strength. Be their ever-present help in this time of trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
Here’s a free printable of these prayers so you’ll have them whenever you need them. Click here.
A Prayer for Victory Over Fear
Father, You are perfect love that casts out fear. Thank you. (1 John 4:18) You are unfailing love. (Psalm 13:5) You are greater than my fear. I can trust You. (Psalm 56:3) You are my Helper. (Hebrews 13:6)
I thank and praise You. You promise that I don’t have to face my fears alone. You promise to help me when the enemy taunts me with what-ifs. And You promise to give me strength when I experience life’s challenges.
Please forgive my doubts and fears. By the power of Your Holy Spirit fill my thoughts with Your promises. And strengthen me to take every thought captive and replace it with the Your truth. (2 Corinthians 10:5) In the precious name of my victorious Lord and Savior, Jesus. Amen.
So friend, pray these for yourself. Pray them for your friends. Pray that God will make His presence known and give each of us the peace He alone is able to give.
May God be with you and bless you. May He give you victory over fear today, tomorrow, and always.
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