Today as we search the scriptures discovering how we are to battle fear when it rears its’ ugly head, we are going to learn the tried-and-true method of crying out to the Lord.  Psalm 22:5 says, “They cried unto Thee, and were delivered: they trusted in Thee, and were not confounded.”  The answer to fear is to seek the Lord and cry out to Him for Help.  He is the answer to all our questions, our source of hope for all things, and the provider for all His children.

First, let’s rejoice in the truth that when we seek the Lord and cry out to Him, He hears us (Psalm 34:4).  We must be as fervent in our thanks to God for hearing and answering our prayers as we are when we are seeking His help in our lives.  When God provides help, as we seek Him during times of fear, He not only provides deliverance from the issue causing fear, but He also quiets our spirit removing the torment of fear itself from our lives.  He gives us peace when we seek Him.   The fact that God stands ready to hear our prayer is a source of comfort for every believer.  The fact that God helps in times of fear and trouble shows His providential care for us.  The fact that He quiets our mind and gives us peace from the torment fear brings demonstrates His grace working in us.  Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep Him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because He trusteth in Thee.”  God is always working for our good and His glory.  Trust in Him and follow after Him.

Psalm 22:5 not only gives us peace in knowing that God has answered prayers before, but it also models another great strategy for beating fear.  David, in this verse, is remembering what God has done before and is speaking it out loud in His prayer.  David is using previous encounters with God and God's answers to the prayers before as a way of remembering the greatness, goodness, and power of God.  We too must practice praise in our prayers and remember what God has already done so that our faith is increased and fully activated.  As we read about the faith of our fathers before us, we are comforted in knowing that they cried out and were delivered.  They trusted in, leaned on, and confidently relied on God. They were not ashamed with the results, not confused by what God did, and they were not disappointed.  We, too, as children of God following His commands, can call upon Him at any time, day or night, and have the confidence of knowing that we will be heard and that He will deliver us according to His will.  Jesus cried, not My will but Thy will be done (Luke 22:42).  His task wasn’t taken from Him, but Jesus was devoted to His Father God and had the faith to know that God was doing right by Him and would take care of Him.  This is the kind of faith that you and I must have.  We must be willing to follow God even when the way seems rough, and the outcome is not what we want.  We must learn to faith our way through! Today, trust God; lean on Him.  Surrender your life to God. He cannot and will not fail. Reap the blessings of living in the center of His will.  Remember you are loved.  Jesus loves you.

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