Prayer That Defeats Fear

by Lori Stout | Mar 20, 2017 | Articles

Fear. It can grip us with anxiety or cripple us with doubt. The what-if’s and uncertainties of life can pile-up, burdening our hearts, dominating our thoughts and invading our dreams. What if I don’t graduate? What if I don’t get a job? What if I never get married? What if I never get pregnant? What if something happens to my spouse? What if my child gets sick? What if my diagnosis never changes? What if I’m not good enough? Countless fears give birth to endless doubt and worry.

Healthy fear can be a good thing, a practical tool helping us practice wisdom and personal safety. Healthy fear produces caution when crossing streets and prompts us to lock the doors to our homes when we are gone. The Word of God also reminds us that we should “work out our salvation with fear and trembling.” (Phil 2:12) A healthy fear of God and His holiness can and should shape how we live out our identity in Christ, guard us from unwise choices, and motivate us to make the most of our time.

So when does fear become a bad thing? When does fear become sin in our lives? Fear is one of Satan’s most effective tools in paralyzing the advance of the gospel. He can use our fears to keep us from responding to God’s call. The Holy Spirit may be impressing us to speak more directly to our neighbor about the reasons for the hope within us. But fear of how they might respond and their possible rejection keeps us quiet.

The evil one can assail us mentally and emotionally – preoccupying us with “what-if.” And BAM, instead of going on a vision trip, or joining a small group, or looking into adoption, we choose to do nothing. We give in to fear and allow it to influence our choices. This sinful fear of the world overshadows what we know about God, who will enable us to do His will.

God reminds us that He will strengthen us and uphold us with His firm right arm. We need not be anxious (Is. 41:10) because nothing can separate us from His love (Rom. 8:39). God tells us we have not been given a spirit of fear, but one of power and love and self-control. (2 Tim 1:7)

Will you join me in battling fear by actively praying God’s word? We can do this together as a community of believers, we can wage war on our enemy, and vanquish each and every fear we have by turning our eyes to the truth of the Word.

Lord, I bow before you ready to do battle against the evil one. I know that “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; but YOU came so that we may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). I recognize that my “enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8).

And so it is with diligence and with strength in the Lord and in YOUR mighty power, I will put on the full armor of God so that I can take a stand against the devil’s schemes. I will stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled around my waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with my feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, I’ll take up the shield of faith, with which I can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. I’ll take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:10-17).

I know Lord that you are everlasting, an unchanging God, that is dependable and good. Your word was true, yesterday, today and it will be tomorrow. You are with me and you are able.

You, O God will keep in perfect peace, all who trust in You. All whose thoughts are fixed on You. (Isaiah 26:3.)

I can pray with confidence before the throne, knowing that I don’t have to be anxious about anything, but by prayer and petition and with thanksgiving present I can present my requests to you God and your peace which surpasses all my understanding will guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6-7).

I leave my fear at your feet, knowing that you paid the price, sacrificing on my behalf so that I could be FREE from the bondage of fear.

Be at rest once more O my soul, for the Lord has been good to me. (Psalm 116:7).

Amen.