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Imprisoned by Fear…
Do you struggle with fear?
Do you know God speaks to fear in the Bible?
To overcome fear, You must know and pray God’s Word.
For years…not just a few years…but for over a decade, I lived imprisoned in fear. During those years, I prayed for God to take away my fear. But it wasn’t until I learned to pray God’s Word and pray it in faith back to Him, that God finally helped me overcome my fear.
You see, sweet friend, God tells us in Romans 8:37:
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (NIV)
A “conqueror” is one who overcomes. To overcome, we must be in the battle, and we must be a participant in the battle. We must be fighting for our freedom.
James 5:16 tells us “the prayer of a righteous [woman] is powerful and effective.”
God taught me through this journey that simply praying a one line prayer a few times a day is not effective prayer. When God opened my eyes to His Word and taught me it is LIVING and ACTIVE (Hebrews 4:12) and that WHEN HIS WORD GOES OUT IT WILL NOT RETURN VOID BUT WILL ACCOMPLISH WHAT HE DESIRES AND ACHIEVE THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH HE SENT IT, (Isaiah 55:11) it opened my eyes to pray differently.
I found verses on fear. I personalized each one. I memorized it. I prayed it back to God all throughout the day every day. Over time, God transformed my heart and mind until one night, He freed me from my fear! It’s an amazing story found in Chapter Seven of my book Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God’s Story.
Click here for a free download of Chapter 7. The personalized verses I prayed are below:
“God, I will not fear, for You are with me. I will not be dismayed, for You are my God. You will strengthen me and help me; You will uphold me with Your righteous right hand.”
“Thank You, Lord, that when I see You, You will answer me and deliver me from all my fears.”
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…through extreme fear and anxiety…I will fear no evil, God, because You are with me. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
“Thank You God that You shield me with Your wings! They shelter me. Your faithful promises are my armor. I don’t need to be afraid of the dark any more nor fear the dangers of the day; nor dread the plagues of darkness, nor the disasters in the morning.”
2 Timothy 1:7
“For You, God, do not give a spirit of fear; but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.”
I prayed these verses back to God because the power in prayer lies in praying God’s Word back to Him. It’s His Word and He must honor it. (Isaiah 55:11)
God does not put a spirit of fear in us, nor does He desire for us to have it. He is fully able to take it away. And I was ready to for Him to do it through my prayers!
Freed From Fear…
Below is an excerpt from Chapter 7…one of the greatest moments in my journey to healing and wholeness after being raped just days after my college graduation by an armed masked man hiding in my apartment.
It was a typical Tuesday evening. Monty had left for a business trip as he had done many times before, and I began my usual routine. I put my children to bed. I searched in closets, under beds, and in empty rooms. I turned on all the lights inside and out, turned on the alarm, and then the televisions in every room. I called my girlfriend, Meg, and asked her to pray. Finally, I forced myself to go to bed. As I lay there, I felt compelled to turn off the television. I fought the urge at first, because I knew it meant I would hear every house noise. In the end, I succumbed. With the television off, I lay there in silence, waiting…waiting…waiting for the fear to come as it had done for fifteen years. I continued waiting for that sense of dread and fear that always came with the night.
It never did. Instead, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace and security! A feeling so foreign that I could not even remember the last time I felt it….In that moment, I had a vision, a clear picture in my mind, of a wall of angels surrounding my house. After more than a decade of living locked inside a prison of fear, in one single moment, it was gone!
Remember, I had called my friend Meg earlier that night. Although it was now late, I felt compeled to call her and share my miracle. When I finished recounting my story, there was complete silence on the other end of the line. No words whatsoever. I was stunned. Why was she not joining in my praise? Finally, she spoke, and her words brought me to my knees…literally. Meg said that after I had called earlier in the evening, she and her husband had immediately prayed for me. He specifically prayed for a wall of angels to surround my home.
I was astonished. His prayer was my vision. God’s work was clearly evident. He wanted me to know that He was the reason for my new found freedom. He did not want rationalizations and logical presumptions to prevail. He wanted all the glory. That very night the battle for my heart was won in heaven. God’s power and love defeated the spirit of fear that had imprisoned me for so many years!
[Taken from Hidden Joy in A Dark Corner, pp. 105-106]
Friend, do you want this freedom for yourself…or someone you love? It’s available to you! It’s available to you in the pages of God’s Word.
Please leave a comment today and share your story with us. Maybe you have a story where God freed you from fear. Maybe you have a favorite verse on fear. Maybe you need prayer for your fear. Share with us today. I will choose one name to win a signed copy of Hidden Joy. And if you purchase a copy of Hidden Joy from Proverbs 31 this week, we will send you a personalized signed copy! To order your copy, click here.