Fear Factor: A Prayer for the Trembling Heart

“O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you” (Psalm 84:12, NIV).

 

Thank You for giving us a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline, not timidity.

 

Empower us to write with courage and bold faith.

 

Revitalize our hearts with Your overflowing love, which casts out all fears.

 

Rid us of any negative self-talk or discouraging false beliefs that keep us from seeing ourselves as Your beloved children, highly favored and called to Your purpose.

 

Guard us from the fear of our weaknesses, which wears us out when we depend on our own strength, not Yours.

 

Guide us as we diligently hone our craft and let nothing hinder us from following Your leading.

 

Help us stand strong on the firm foundation of Your truth, focusing on You, not our circumstances, and trusting in Your faithfulness, goodness, and sovereignty.

 

We love You and praise You, no matter where You lead or how we feel. Hallelujah!

 

In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8, NIV

 

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How is God helping you overcome fear in your writing journey?

 

Previously Published on the Inspire Christian Writers blog.

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Becoming Familiar with our Sword

I attended a dinner show at Medieval Times in southern California. The food was served in generous proportion. I couldn’t even finish the first course before the waitresses brought out an overflowing platter for the second course of the meal.

 

I cheered as the Knights jousted in the center arena. Clouds of dust rose with the pounding hooves of each mighty steed. I gasped as swordsmen performed an intricately choreographed dance of clashing metal. My eyes widened as the knights continued their fight for the damsel in distress.

 

One slip, one moment of hesitation, and the performers could end the evening with some serious injuries.

 

I thought of how much practice was necessary in order for the knights to wield their swords with such confidence.

 

As I was reflecting on my New Testament reading, my mind returned to the swordsmen at the Medieval Times show.

 

In Matthew 4, Jesus is led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. The devil twisted Scripture, challenging Jesus by spouting verses out of context. Yet, Jesus came back at him with confidence because He knew how to wield that sword of Truth.

 

To be ready for the enemy’s relentless attempts to paralyze and discourage me, I need God’s Word in generous proportions, like the platters placed before us during our dinner show.

 

Like the valiant knights of the Medieval Times, we can be more confident when we’re armored for battle and familiar with our trusty Sword.

 

Lord, please help us to approach each day, excited to learn more about You. Fill us with Your truth so we can stand strong against the enemy’s flaming arrows of lies. In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

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