January 23


Deliverance from Fear

I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
PSALM 34:4

Prayer positions us to receive the peace of God. It’s when we seek Him that we see Him. It’s when we see Him that we’re secure. As we travel across the choppy sea of life circumstances, we can become dizzy if we look down at the turbulent water. But if we keep our eyes fixed ahead on a stable object, we remain secure and feel safe. Jesus is our immovable object of belief. He replaces our furrowed brow of fear with a calm face of faith. The Lord hears our prayers.
No one has ever been sorry for seeking the Lord. It takes time and effort, but it’s your best investment. Process your problems with prayer and you’ll be the most productive. You cannot come to the best solutions in your own strength. The fruit that comes from replacing fear with faith is unlimited. We can rest assured as the Almighty leads us down a new path. He delights in determining a better way for you. Prayer opens the doors of God’s plans and possibilities.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).

This next season of your life is the Lord’s reward for your faithfulness all these years. You’ve sought Him unashamedly and obediently. Money was never your motive. Pride hasn’t prodded you. Fame hasn’t been your forte. You’ve sought Him with your unselfish service. You’ve sought Him with your humble obedience. You’ve sought Him by ministering to the needs of others. There’s no safer, more secure place to be than in the process of seeking Him.
God expects to hear from you before you can expect to hear from Him. If you restrain prayer, He may refrain from grace and mercy. The more you think upon the Lord and the less you think of yourself, the better off you become. Seek Him and lose yourself, and you’ll discover the best way. There’s no need to fear the breaking off of a relationship. The Spirit is in the business of mending broken hearts. Seek Him, and He’ll deliver you from your fears. Faith fossilizes fears!

“By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27).
What fear do I need to trust the Lord to deliver me through? Why is God’s peace perfect?

Related Readings
Job 8:7; Psalm 40:5; Isaiah 55:12; Zechariah 8:15; John 12:42