Have you ever noticed that fear comes alive in the middle of the night? When I wake up at 2 a.m. my thoughts more easily spin out of control and my fears become bigger and more believable. It’s a struggle to get back to sleep.
And then when I awake in the morning, fear is right there, rushing in again.
This invites me to cry out to Jesus, and ask for his help.
What fears have been recurring for you lately? Writing them down can allow us to see them more clearly and help us to release them to God. Take a moment to list them:
Now, instead of focusing on our fears, let’s remember who God is. Knowing God’s nature, in a relational kind of way, is the best antidote for our fear.
Let’s take a moment to prayerfully talk with God. I’ve written the following in “You” form in order to draw us into conversation with Him.
- You (God) love me (Rom. 5:8).
- You know what I need before I ask You (Mt. 6:8).
- You are in control and care for me (Mt. 6:26).
- With You all things are possible (Mt. 19:26).
- You are sufficient to sustain me (2 Cor. 12:9).
- You are at work and invite me into Your plan (Phil. 1:6, 2:13).
The choice to turn our thoughts to prayer and draw near to God makes such a difference! In relationship with Him, we are open to receive the peace and strength He wants to give us.
“…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” ~2 Timothy 1:7
Which of these aspects of God resonates with you most? Meditate on the verse listed with it, and pray about this when fearful thoughts arise. Let this aspect of God’s nature draw you into relationship with Him.