Handling Fear


Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance
2 Chron. 20: 3

What do you usually do when you are terrified? Do you call a friend? Kick the dog? Hide under the covers? Many people would say that they pray. But what do they pray? What we often call prayer could also be labeled “God’s Little Instruction List.” We explain our situation to the Lord, and then plead for more money, more time, more attention, or for the terrifying episode to end quickly. But notice what Jehoshaphat prayed when he was terrified. He asked God for guidance.

What we pray when we are terrified reveals a lot about our understanding of God. Take an inventory of your recent prayer life. What is the theme? Do you spend a lot of time asking for things? For blessing? For a better situation? None of those is wrong. God wants us to pour out our hearts to Him. But what if you began to pray daily for guidance? When we pray for guidance, we must abandon our own ideas and purpose to follow God’s. He does not want to vote on our choices; He wants to be in charge. Praying for guidance means we have set our hearts to obey whatever He says—even if we are still terrified.

Praying for guidance means we have tuned our hearts to heaven’s channel and are awaiting instruction. 

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