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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fearless- Prayer

Today I want to share one of the three main tools I used to defeat the enemy and overcome my paralyzing fear, and for me it was truly paralyzing.

As I shared in my last post, I was inundated with feelings of doom, death and defeat. These feelings literally led me to a four walled prison called my home. The only place I could go other than my home was church. And even that was very difficult for me.

I spent most of my days freaked out and balled up on the floor in the corner of my bed room. Just thinking back to these times and how imprisoned I was, not just in my home, but in my mind makes me appreciate the freedom I now walk in even more.

But my victory did not come without hard work and fighting on my part and one of my main weapons was prayer.

Listen to the words of David in Psalm 55:

Listen to my prayer, O God.
Do not ignore my cry for help!
Please listen and answer me,
for I am overwhelmed by my troubles.
My enemies shout at me,
making loud and wicked threats.
They bring trouble on me
and angrily hunt me down.

My heart pounds in my chest.
The terror of death assaults me.
Fear and trembling overwhelm me,
and I can’t stop shaking.

David has found himself in a situation that is overwhelming him with fear. In the New Testament we see even Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane overwhelmed to the point of sweating great drops of blood.

But in both of these situations, prayer becomes the guiding force in their lives. In the darkness of fear and doubt, prayer is like the rays of the sun. It penetrates even the darkest day by linking us with the hope and glory of the God of all power who loves and is caring for us in our most desperate of times.

When we pray we are not informing God of our situation. He knows what are needs are even before we ask (Matthew 6:8).

We pray to invite God into our lives and our situations.

I could not destroy the chains of bondage in my life alone so I called on the only One who had all power and all authority.

But I did not just pray, I did not just say words, I prayed with desperation. James 5:15 says The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

It’s amazing how your prayer life will change when you are in the middle of a battle. You hear so many times of soldiers getting close to God, praying out to God and reading God’s word when they are in the midst of a battle. Why? Because no matter how many guns hang at their side, no matter how many tanks are rolling beside them, they know God and only God is their true protecter and deliverer.

In my three months of battle I knew I needed God on my side fighting with me. Prayer was one of my major weapons then and it is still a major weapon in my life today!

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Mark 11:24

Pray. Believe. Then you will recieve.


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