FROM FEAR TO TRUST
We hear so many words telling us to just “trust God more.” But is it really that easy? When the foundations of our lives have spun off-kilter, what then? How can trust be considered from a place of such upset? Is there really a way to go from fear to trust?
The Cambridge-English Dictionary gives us the definition for the word “trust” as:
“to believe that someone is good and honest and will not harm you, or that something is safe and reliable”
Ah-ha. There is the real crux of the matter. Our trust is based upon the ONE we have been asked to trust. When that object of trust is the God of the Universe, how can we believe that He is good and honest and reliable? We can find the answers in His Scripture. He has given us His Word to show us how faithful he is.
PARALYZING FEAR CAN TURN TO TRUST
The fear that paralyzes us can be turned to trust, when we meet the One who is utterly trustworthy. Our prayers can become the very places where our fearing is transformed into trusting.
Will you join us today, as we give those fears over to Him?
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. John 20:1
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for understanding the grief and the confusion that hits us when we can’t see your full plan. How hard it must have been for Mary to find the stone removed, and your body missing. She could not understand what had happened. And there are days when we cannot see your full purposes, and we become so confused too. Oh, but thank you for meeting Mary, and revealing your wondrous plan: YOU arose and defeated death! Help us to trust that you have risen for us also. We praise you today, in the middle of our own hard places. You are the Glorious Lord reigning over all!
In your name, we pray,
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, Ephesians 2:19
Thank You for sending Your own son for us, to call us all into Your household. Thank You that we can lift our prayers before You now, as members of Your own family. Help us to come to you with our requests, and trust that You don’t call us strangers, but You listen to us as Your children. We praise You, Father, because of Your great love towards us.
In the name of Jesus, Your son, we pray,
Would you join us together in prayer this week?
Dear Lord God,
We are astounded that Your Word meets us in our everyday places. Thank You for leading us in Your Scriptures this week,
“When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm.” Psalm 75:3
Even as the earth around us seems to be quaking more every day, we have felt our own hearts shaking in fear. A diagnosis shatters our calm. A burden seems to break open upon our shoulders. A new pain etches a crevice into our lives. Oh, but thank You Lord, for the assurance that You speak over us now. You hold the pillars of this earth, and You will hold the foundations of our lives as well. Will You wrap your arms around our shaking hearts? Help us to rest in Your mighty strength this day.
We praise You our Lord Jesus,
Thank You for the true hope that You bring to us:
“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:5
Oh, Lord we confess that this world has covered us with so much shame. There are days when hope feels like a fairy tale. And yet, we thank You for Your Holy Spirit that speaks Your truth into the deep cries that we utter: You have poured Your love right here. We lift our broken places to You, and we lift our broken prayers to You. Wash over the dark places with Your holy light and love. Stir up the hope that comes from Your Spirit. We praise You our glorious Lord.
In the name of Your son, Jesus, we pray,
More Prayer Prompts
Have you ever paused with a Scripture and let the words of the verse flow into your heart with a melody of their own? The Psalms were prayers written to be sung as prayers and songs.
When chronic pain hits, we might wonder, “How can I have confident hope?”. But I soon learned that this hope comes from drawing ever closer to the One Who gives all hope. That is, Jesus!
Visit the Prayer Pond
You’re invited to the Chronic Joy Prayer Pond. Toss your prayer requests, updates, and shouts of praise into the pond, then watch them ripple with radical hope and compassionate change throughout our community and beyond. Then be sure #PrayItForward by clicking the “I PRAYED FOR THIS” button to let the requester know you prayed for them.
We are all blessed to have a place to pray and people to pray with and for us. Who do you know needs to toss a prayer or praise into the pond, and who might link arms with us in prayer?
Prayer Prompt Guide
Sometimes we all need a little encouragement and a boost in our prayer lives. While talking with God should be easy, a guide can be a helpful resource to lean into, spurring us on to deeper, more intimate conversations with Him.
- Set aside a special time and place to meet with God.
- Quiet your heart and mind. Breathe deeply.
- Slowly read the prayer, perhaps several times.
- Write the verse in your journal, noting any words that catch your attention.
- Talk with God, taking time to listen, then journal your thoughts.
Board Member and Prayer Coordinator
You can find Bettie blogging from her home in a small town in southeast Wisconsin - at bettiegsraseasons.com. She is walking forward with Jesus, in the middle of her own pain and weaknesses from multiple chronic illnesses. The beauty of nature is a joy that calls to Bettie, as do her family and nine young grandchildren. She and her husband have been married for over 40 years and take great joy in their weekend coffee breaks together.