“I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
This seems to be quite a tall order to fill given the vast number of global concerns swirling throughout the various forms of news media. For that matter, we sometimes do not need to look far beyond our own backyard to discover something which may cause concern, discomfort, or even a situation to justify fear. The promise is to free us from not some, but all fears! Can this be taken literally? How is this possible?
Since this is the Word of God, there is no error in the promise. If fear occurs the flaw is not in God’s offering, but in our application of obedience to Him. The key is in the proceeding sentence, “I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me.” Surveys taken from church attendees reveal very little time devoted to prayer or developing a prayer life. Prayer is encouraged throughout the Bible as a normal part of the life of a Christian. Prayer is vital, but unfortunately often the more neglected spiritual nutrient necessary for a healthy growing balanced spiritual life. For example, a church dinner will often pack a room, but a call to prayer practically empties it.
Jesus in a parable told His disciples they should always pray and never give up ((Luke 18:1). The apostle Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians wrote to, “Never stop praying.” (1 Thess 5:16). When fear is within us, could it be because we are not persevering with that which will deliver us from all our fears?
Thank You for the key to delivering me from my fears. It is not in my strength, but it lies in Your strength, in trusting You, and continuing to seek Your answers and protection as I pray. Amen.