September 22, 2017
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
“Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God.
He will come with vengeance,
with terrible recompense.
He will come and save you.”
How to pray for those who are afraid (even if that means praying for yourself)
I have known others who are afraid.
They have whispered their fears to me in coffee shops and over office desks and huddled on the couch. As they share their worries about the future I push my lips together so my own fears don’t become the topic of conversation instead of theirs.
I have been afraid.
Some days I am still afraid. Afraid to even voice my deepest fears. Fears about my husband’s health, his next set of test results and what the future may hold. Fears that I am scared to write in case somehow tapping them out brings them to life.
I have sat with those who are afraid and wondered how to pray for them, with them.
How to pray words that comfort but also speaks hope, words that appeal to God’s mercy but also declare his sovereignty?
The other day as I read my bible I found the words that I was searching for tucked into Isaiah 35:4
Tell those who worry, the anxious and fearful:
Take strength; have courage!
There’s nothing to fear.
Look, here—your God! Right here is your God!
The balance is shifting; God will right all wrongs.
None other than God will give you success.
He is coming to make you safe.”
I read those words again, absorbing the truth that there is nothing to fear because of God – my God – is right with me.
I love that Isaiah lifts my eyes from my fears to my God.
There is freedom from fear when I realize God is with me.
No fear I have is bigger than my God who is right beside me.
Ponder: How do you pray for those who are afraid?
Prayer: Take strength; have courage! There’s nothing to fear. Look, here—your God! Right here is your God! The balance is shifting; God will right all wrongs. None other than God will give you success. He is coming to make you safe.