Standing Firm in Fearful Times

Praying through the Unknown

Aug 9, 2023

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8, ESV)

Uncertainty often breeds fear, worry, and anxiety. When we are not certain about what lies ahead, it’s easy to allow our minds to wander into the realm of “what ifs,” creating scenarios that amplify our anxieties.

In today’s verse, we see a beautiful promise from God to the Israelites as they stood on the brink of entering a land unknown to them. As they were about to embark on this new journey, God assures them, “It is the Lord who goes before you.”

And so, He does for us.

As we navigate the unknown terrains of our lives, we can trust that God has gone before us. He has walked our path ahead of us. Every challenge, every change, every moment of uncertainty has been foreseen by Him.

In prayer, we acknowledge this profound truth. We recognize and express our trust that God is leading us, and He knows the way ahead. In prayer, we connect with God, affirming that He is with us, and He will not leave us or forsake us.

This verse not only encourages us to trust in God’s guidance but also commands us not to fear or be dismayed. As we pray, we invite the peace of God into our anxious hearts, allowing His assurance to dispel our fears and worries.

Today, let our prayers be an act of faith, demonstrating our belief in God’s promise to go before us, be with us, and never forsake us.

Wonder in the Word

 How can acknowledging that God goes before you influence the way you pray about your fears, worries, and anxieties?