PRAYER WITHOUT CEASING
I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day,
There is a lot in this world that can cause us to be fearful. Our children are now familiar with school shooting drills. Our troops have battled against countless raids, bombings, and terrorists. Natural disasters that cause lives never to be the same, and diseases like cancer have ravaged our population.
“I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day,” (2 Timothy 1:3)
It can be easy to take a look around and be fearful for ourselves, our loved ones, and our future. Paul dealt with this kind of fear as he was imprisoned in a cold dungeon and knew Emperor Nero was on the loose persecuting churches. His life was at stake, and in reality, his friends’ lives were too.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
When Paul picked up a piece of paper to write Timothy, he encouraged him to remain strong “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” Prison walls may have surrounded him, but God called Paul not to be timid and to preach His message with power. Nero’s men may have attacked Timothy and the Church, but God called them to set aside their fear and guard the Gospel with the boldness of Christ.
“Therefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to command you what is fitting,” (Philemon 1:8)
This is a good reminder for us today when we are facing our own challenges and fears. When we send our kids off to school, instead of worrying every day about what may happen, we must pray for protection. When we engage on social media, it must be done with self-discipline and a sound mind. When we hear of a diagnosis, we must bow our heads in confidence and believe God for our healing.
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
God has prepared us for such a time as this because He who has called us will certainly equip us. We don’t have to be fearful of world events or fear what the future holds. Instead, we can rest in the power of God and live our lives out of the overflow of God’s power and love in our lives.
Have you prayed and declared God’s truth over the challenges in your life?
Heavenly Father, I am so very thankful I am under the protection of You. Your Word tells me to cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of You. I know You have told me so many times in Your Word to Fear Not. When my trust and confidence are in You, I will not fear. With Your overflow of power and love in my life, I can rest in You. I know You have prepared me for such a time as this, and I am under the umbrella of Your protection. I will set my heart to pray for others as You want them to know You too. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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