Not Praying in Fear

But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind.
James 1:6

Fear and doubt eat away at our faith.

Take that in for a moment.

Two things that definitely eat away at our faith: fear and doubt.

James, the brother of the Lord Jesus Christ, wrote in his epistle centuries ago how we must believe when we pray “and not doubt at all” (James 1:6). Otherwise, as James wrote in the same verse, we’d be “blown about by the wind” like a wave upon the seas. If that’s the case, then we had better pray in faith without fear or doubt.

Prayer Has Power

We need to see the power that prayer has to make a difference in us. We can go to pray filled with anxiety of having to face our own fears, but while we are praying God can ignite the indwelling of His Spirit within us to aliven us and quicken us, even strengthen us. We have to believe that we’ve been endowed with this type of power through the Comforter, the Helper, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth.

Through the power that we have through prayer, we can stay connected to God. Also, we can remain confident in God not forsaking or abandoning us. He doesn’t just hang out with us. He lives within us. That’s spiritual power!

Face Your Fears in Faith

Let your prayers empower you to endure what you fear. Let prayer time encourage you to face what drove you to your knees in the first place. Trust God to enlighten you and equip you for the spiritual battle that you might face with both fear and doubt seeking to sap you of all of your God-given power.

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?

Psalm 27:1

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