A reader’s prayer:
Come quickly, I’m afraid! I cannot see what is happening, and I don’t know what to do. Please protect me. You are my Lord and Savior, the Almighty God! I need you! I run to you, into my Fortress and Strong Tower. Rescue me, for I fear I will be attacked! I feel so weak, but you are Strong. I have lost so much hope, my bones ache. Lord of the universe, show me which way to go. Be my Light in the darkness now, I don’t want to be alone! God, I remember that You promise never to leave me nor forsake me. Stay with me! Shelter me in the shadow of Your wings, where I will be warm and safe. Sing over me, so that I can lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone or Lord, make me to dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8, words echoed throughout the Psalms)
A dear older woman and friend who is a “Titus 2” mentor to me said, “In my life, I spent too much time being afraid.” I can relate. It’s often not evident that fear is the underlying issue we might be facing that keeps us stuck. When we feel anxious, depressed, when we are angry, when we act out in pride, can fear be what is underneath? What is your ultimate fear?
Prayer can liberate us from our fears that get in our way or keep us “in prison”. In the Bible in the book of John, as Jesus was revealing the truth of Who He truly was to a group of Jews who then believed Him, it is recorded that He said to them,
“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32