Don’t tell anybody, but I have a secret weapon—it works on anything for me. I can use it when... I feel fear, when I feel threatened, when people are coming against me, when the world seems crazy and confused, when I feel I don’t belong, when I feel dismissed, when I feel disappointed in people—all of it.
The trouble is I forget.
When I was drinking, I thought it was all up to me, so I would drink and it would calm me down and I would not have to be tormented by dealing with it or playing it in my head over and over again. Drinking was my temporary solution and all it did was confuse me more and give me a hangover.
Now that I am sober, I need to use other alternatives to help me cope. I forget I have access to the greatest power in the universe at any moment in time.
Prayer—That’s my secret weapon.
And, it can be yours too. The coolest part about it is, if I remember to pray and ask for strength, I can even do it in the moment of my greatest fear—in silence—when something is actually happening, right then.
The other cool thing about it is that it works. It instantly calms me down with the connection to God, Helps me to clear my head of the noise of the world around me at that moment. Helps me to focus on asking for peace and help for the other person in distress as I pray for them silently, helps me focus on the fact that I cannot affect what’s going on alone—I need God’s help. Prayer helps me focus on the bigger picture and not the small problem right in front of me. It helps me center and focus on God’s will for me and the power to carry that out.
I like knowing I have this secret weapon. It is like a shield and wall of protection from all the chaos that can and will come at me during the day. When peace comes, I am so much more ready to serve you and get out of myself and out of God’s way.
Another cool thing is that YOU can have this weapon too.
Try it. Pray silently and ask God to be there with you and help when you feel fear. See what happens. Then look for the evidence of God’s hand in the outcome.
“Pray continually.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
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