Fasting and Prayer Push Back against Fear
Crisis ushers in fear. There are very real fears to consider when we’re navigating through days that have been completely upheaved. Our livelihood, and our very lives, are suddenly on the line. Fear and worry are an inevitable part of a crisis, but we must not let it control and direct us. Prayer and fasting are important tools in the fight against fear and worry. Because the truth of God tells us we are not to worry. “Consider the lilies,” Jesus said to His disciples, and to us, today. They were more beautiful than Solomon. And they faithfully break through the surface every year. We are infinitely more important to God than any other aspect of His creation. Meditating on truths like Matthew 6:28 remind us of God’s providence, and renew our trust in He who sustains us.
Fasting and prayer remind us of the truth of God’s word, and the hope we have in Jesus. The pain in this world is temporary, and God hears our prayers. Billy Graham wrote, “One reason we know God hears our prayers is because He has promised to hear them! Even if He doesn’t always answer the way we think He should, He still hears us. The Psalmist declared, ‘As for me, I call to God … and he hears my voice.’ (Psalm 55:16-17)”
Meg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ as an author, freelance writer and blogger at Sunny&80. Her first book, “Friends with Everyone,” is available on amazon.com. She earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University, but stepped out of the business world to stay at home and raise her two daughters. Besides writing, she leads a Bible Study for Women and serves as a Youth Ministry leader in her community. She lives in Northern Ohio with her husband, Jim, and two daughters
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