Mobilising, training and equipping Christians for prayer

The power of fear works in the thoughts and emotions of people. 60% of what people fear is completely irrelevant and unfounded. A further 25% is insignificant and only 4-5% of all fear has any substance. This 5% can, to a large extent be eliminated and decreased through planning, sound logic and purposeful action so that it need not have any influence on our lives. People who are caught up in fear, often live weeks and months ahead. Read Matt.6:25-33.

Fear is seldom based on facts, but almost always on emotions/feelings. When you understand this, you can handle it better.  Fear has many brothers and sisters: tension, terror, anxiety, frustration, cares, defeat, failure, depression, disappointment, melancholy, uncertainty, self-pity, guilt feelings, doubts, etc. This family loves parties—usually pity parties.

 

Practical guidelines

  1. Decide to confront your fear. Confront your fear by defining it and identifying what causes the fear and terror. Anxiety is unidentified fear that should be resisted in the Name of Jesus. Fear is more often stimulated by ignorance than by unbelief. The best remedy for fear of man is fear and awe of God. If we have much fear of people, it is often because we have so little fear of God and awe of God.
  2. Make peace with death. Fear will continue to pursue you until you make peace with death. Death is not final. Rev.1:17-18 teaches us that Jesus has the keys of death and Hades and not the devil or evil and bad people.
  3. Fear can be the price of progress. Although you will never be without fear, passion can destroy most kinds of fear. Passion will take you where fear does not want to go and will let you do things that you would otherwise never do. Passion is born of a relationship with God, from a deep, intimate walk with God.
  4. Focus on things you can control and shift your focus to God and His unfailing promises. Fear does not change anything; it only robs you of your strength for today. Live one day at a time.
  5. Study the promises and character of God. There is no better antidote for fear than knowledge (personal, experiential, faith knowledge) of God the Father. Knowing God breaks the power of fear. Biblical fear of the Lord breaks the power of fear, especially our fear of man.
  6. Sometimes fear can be a demonic attack. Resist and rebuke it in the Name of Jesus Christ.
  7. In principal we can say that human fear never comes from God.

 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart…

 

Portions of Scripture for prayer

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. (Deut.33:27) You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light. (2 Sam. 22:29)

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:16-17)

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Ps.18:2)

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this. (Ps.37:4-5)

The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. (Ps.46:11)

In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? (Ps.56:4)

The LORD will fulfil his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands. (Ps.138:8)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Prov.3:5-6)

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. (Prov.18:10)

 

In quietness and trust is your strength. (Isa.30:15)

 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isa.41:10)

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. (Isa.43:2)

Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. (Isa.50:7)

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11)

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt.6:25-33)

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt.11:28-30)

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Luk.12:6-7)

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? (Luk.12:25-26)

 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.

 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Rom.8:31-32) The one who trusts in him will never be put to shame (Rom.9:33)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor.12:9-10)

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being. (Eph.3:16)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil.4:6-7)

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. (2 Tim.1:7)

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Heb.11:1, 6)

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Pet.5:7)

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Heb.4:16)

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