Fear. It can overcome us. It can paralyze us. It can reduce us to a sobbing lump of tears.
Did you know that this kind of fear does NOT come from God?
“…For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment...” –2 Timothy 1:7 HCSB
This debilitating fear comes from our enemy, Satan. He walks about like a roaring lion, trying to strike fear into the hearts of Christ-followers. If he can paralyze us with this kind of fear, then we are no danger to his evil schemes.
I have felt this fear. I have seen my children fight this kind of fear. Do not feel like a second-class citizen because you have struggled with fear. Think of yourself as a soldier in battle who is being attacked by a relentless enemy.
Sometimes fear becomes so deeply rooted in our thinking that we need professional counselors to help us fight it. I am not a counselor, but I would like to present a weapon that can help us fight fear at its source…the enemy!!
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” –Ephesians 6:11-13 ESV
Psalm 91 is one of my favorite “weapons” to use against fear and anxiety. I find that when I personalize it, it becomes more powerful because I realize that it is really meant for ME. It wasn’t just written for someone thousands of years ago. It still applies to me…TODAY, right where I live!!
Is this a “magic” prayer that will instantly make all your fears go away? No, but it will help you internalize and claim God’s promises as your own. Using God’s Word in prayer is the most potent weapon we possess.
“I willlive in the shelter of the Most High
and will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the LORD :
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue me from every trap and protect me from deadly disease.
He will cover me with his feathers. He will shelter me with his wings.
His faithful promises are my armor and protection.
I willnot be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.
I willnot dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at my side, though ten thousand are dying around me,
these evils will not touch me.
I willopen myeyes, and see how the wicked are punished.
If I make the LORD my refuge, if I make the Most High my shelter,
no evil will conquer me; no plague will come near my home.
For he will order his angels to protect mewherever Igo.
They will hold me up with their hands so I won’t even hurt my foot on a stone.
I will trample upon lions and cobras;
I will crush fierce lions and serpents under my feet!
The LORD says, ‘I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.’”
–Psalm 91 NLT (with changes made for 1st person reading)