“Here I am, O God, humbly yours, lifting up my heart to you.
It is you, O hidden One, who has given me my heritage, and you determined the place of my birth.
It is you who have given me the power to do one kind of work and have withheld the skill to do another.
It is you who hold in your hand the threads of this day’s life and you alone who know what lies before me to do or to suffer.
But because you are my Father, I am not afraid.
Because it is your Spirit that stirs within my heart’s most secret room, I know that all is well.
What I desire for myself I cannot achieve; but whatever you desire in me you can help me to achieve.
The good that I want to do, I fail to do, but you can give me the power to do good.
Make this day’s work a little part of the work of the kingdom of my Lord Jesus, in whose name these prayers are said. Amen.”
As this prayer affirms the constant presence of God in our lives and our circumstances, I am particularly drawn to the reminder that if God is our Father, we do not need to be afraid.
And yet, don’t you find it is so easy for us to be consumed with fear?
I am reminded of what Paul wrote from a prison cell in 2 Timothy 1:7. In spite of his pending death, he wrote, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control.”
What concern do you need to take to the Lord today? What fear is consuming your heart? What is making you anxious today?
What are we to do with these fears and anxious thoughts? We turn to God in prayer.
I find Paul’s words to Timothy to be helpful and hopeful. May God set us free from a spirit of fear.
David writes in Psalm 27:1, “The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear. The LORD is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid.”
Truly, “Because God is our Father, I am not afraid.”