I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4)
This is a tall order to fill given the vast number of global concerns swirling throughout the news media. For that matter, we sometimes do not need to look beyond our own backyard to discover something to cause concern, discomfort, or 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 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, it is because we are not persevering with that which will deliver us from all our fears?