6/21 Days of Prayer & Fasting
PSALM 27 (NIV)
The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked advance against me
to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
God my Savior.
Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
Teach me your way, Lord;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations.
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
Most of the time, fear is irrational but that doesn’t make it any less real. You can tell yourself that there’s nothing to be afraid of, but if you are afraid of the dark, you are still afraid. Even though you tell yourself not to be afraid, fear still creeps in.
There are so many different things people are afraid of. It can be the dark, spiders (nasty things!), clowns, and even paper clips. That’s why I say fear is irrational but real. What scares you may not scare me but that doesn’t make it any less fearful for you.
Two things I know about fear for sure:
1. Fear is not from God (see 2 Timothy 1:7)
2. Fear is not God’s plan for your life. (see John 14:27)
Maybe you have dealt with fear all of your life or maybe it’s something new that you are dealing with. I have good news for you today, you don’t have to live your life in fear. God is with you and wants to set you free from the bondage of fear.
God, I thank you that you haven’t given me a spirit of fear and that a life of fear is not your plan for my life. I give you this fear and I refuse to be held by it any longer. Thank you for setting me free from it! In Jesus’ name, Amen!