REFLECT: Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5: 1
APPLY: Has fear crept in, making you – perhaps unknowingly – live and pray with a fretful attitude? Has it become an unobtrusive presence, with anxiety a retiring but constant companion? The remedy is – yes – to pragmatically assess your circumstances and realistic concerns, but no: you don’t need to endure those nefarious intruders.
You may in fact have good reason – logically speaking – to be apprehensive: you may be facing ill health, job insecurity, or crushing debt for example. As long as you have entrusted your burdens to your Heavenly Father, and confided your cares in Him, however, then you’re good (Philippians 4: 6-7). Despite appearances, there is no need for you to tolerate what, spiritually speaking, is the irrational misery of living in fear.
Living in fear is irrational because the Lord, the Lord of all, who has authority over everything, including unmitigated disasters, “karma”, even evil, has your back. He’s got you covered (Psalm 91:4).
So. Precisely describe your fears and concerns: take them to the foot of the cross, pray clearly (in your spirit or in audible words), and leave them there with a peaceful heart.
PRAY: Lord, “You have NOT given me a spirit that makes me a slave again to fear” [Romans 8:15]. I resolve today – now – to relinquish the spirit of fear, leaving it at the foot of your cross, and to instead be infused with peace and faith from Your Holy Spirit. Thank you Father Lord, Amen.