The weapon of prayer

A lot of people are fighting a war with fear. Fear of illness or unemployment or loneliness or… the list goes on.

So over the next several days I’m going to highlight several weapons in the war against fear. They’re not physical weapons, but spiritual weapons.

The first is prayer.

Simply put, prayer is conversation with God.

In Hebrews, we learn that because of Christ, who is our “great high priest,” we can “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:14, 16).

We can talk with the powerful Creator of the universe, not because we’re moral superstars who deserve to be heard (we’re not and we don’t), but because our perfect and loving Saviour Jesus has given us an all-access backstage pass to the very throne room of God!

One of the reasons this is so significant right now is because fear feeds on the idea that there is no one to help you.

But there is. Not only does prayer more intimately connect you to God through conversation, but it makes an actual difference! We may not always understand how God acts, but he does.

The great Swiss theologian Karl Barth put it like this: “God is not deaf, he listens and, moreover he acts. He does not act in the same way whether we pray or not. Prayer has an influence on the action, on the very existence, of God.”

Some of you are lonelier than ever before. Some of you are busier than ever before. Some of you are more afraid than ever before. All of it as a part of the war we’re already in—the war against fear.

So take the time and take up a weapon—and pray.

Because of Christ, who is our “great high priest,” we can confidently “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

By Matthew Ruttan

–Today’s “Up!” is related to my most recent sermon: “Your weapons in the war against fear.” Click here to access the YouTube or audio-only download options.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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