So I came across this prayer this morning, and it’s one that I will keep in my back pocket whenever I feel afraid or worried. How easy it is to focus on what’s going wrong, or to put trust in our feelings! Oh, that I would trust God far more than my own emotions each day.
While I am not feeling worried today, I know it’s just a matter of time before the feeling surfaces again (I am prone to “analysis paralysis“). The next time that these feelings hit me, I will stand upon the truth that I know about the Lord and His promises, rather than giving my fears more attention and power than they deserve.
Also, I haven’t mentioned it here, but I have been dealing with a pretty significant spiritual battle for the past three weeks or so. It’s not so much that I was attacked, but rather that I felt a deep burden about a situation. It was so heavy that I was starting to doubt myself and my own discernment. Finally, I sought the wise guidance of two pastors, and – among other things – they confirmed that I likely have the spiritual gifts of discernment and prophecy in some measure. So I have been coming to terms with this, and I now realize that whenever I receive insight and understanding about people and situations I otherwise would not know, the Lord is the One who has given that information to me. Even so, the experience can be quite alarming at times, but I also recognize that it’s called a spiritual “gift” for a reason: Such a gift, like any other, should be received with gratitude and used regularly.
By God’s grace, may I be a person of courageous prayer. 🙏🏾 I pray the same for you as well.