This past week at our bible study we focused a bit on the subject of fear. Fear touches all of our lives in many different ways. There have been times in my life where I would confidently boast that I had no fear of anything. I didn’t realize that small worries and concerns was just cleverly disguised fear wrapped in a pretty little, less dramatic package.
If you have ever been involved in any direct sales companies, or even in some church circles, you may have heard that the acronym for fear is:
This acronym is so accurate because most fear is based on something that has not yet happened. So we are allowing fear into our lives over something that has not even happened yet (and most likely won’t happen).
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Fear is a spirit, the Word says so. When we entertain fear, worry and concern, we are entertaining a spirit that God did not give us. He gives us power, love and a sound mind. When we are in fear, worry or concern, we forfeit our power, love and a piece of our sound mind over to the enemy.
At that bible study that day we watched a segment of Sid Roth where he featured a gentleman who has major keys to overcoming fear. It was informative so I am attaching the link at the bottom of this post if you would like to view it in it’s entirety. This man (Gary Whetstone) stated that about 80% of all prayer requests are rooted in fear! This has taken me on a journey over the last week of really thinking about that fact!
If you are like me, between social media and incoming texts, you receive anywhere from 5 to 30 prayer requests per day. I find it a privilege to pray for others and usually just immediately pray for the request and then leave it with God. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t get anything else accomplished for the day! With that said, I have been pondering which incoming requests are rooted in fear, worry and concern. I am not doing this to judge anyone. I am doing it so I can pray even more effectively for the person. How? By asking myself if they also need prayer for any fear they are experiencing that triggered the request to begin with. I pray for the request and then ask God to help them surrender all fear and concern over to Him. I also think in some cases it would be beneficial to take authority over the spirit of fear that is harassing the person (according to 2 Timothy 1:7) in Jesus name.
How much more effective our prayers would be when we commit to praying for another if we would bind the fear and loose faith into their lives along with covering their initial request!
Matthew 16:19 (NKJV)