How to transform your fears into faith

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

I am a born worrier, who has been transformed by grace into a prayer warrior, who doesn’t stay stuck in fear for very long.

I credit my sensitive disposition as one of the factors that sparked my spiritual journey, which has forever enriched my life.

So if you’re a worrier, I see that as great news.

Don’t get me wrong! I’m not an advocate of fear by any means. I agree with Jesus, who  advised us to “be not afraid” in a myriad of creative ways.

But I also see anxiety as an excellent launching point to grow a soul-satisfying faith life.

I mean! So many people wander the earth in a superficial way, carelessly trodding through life oblivious to people around them and the negative effects of their insensitivity.

Worriers don’t make that mistake.

Worriers  tend to be highly sensitive people, who feel things deeply and naturally want to care for others. Worriers tend to be thoughtful, compassionate and fiercely loving human beings, who are wired to pay attention to the emotional landscape all around them.

Though worriers run the risk of getting overwhelmed, it’s because they’re perceptive and brave enough to notice the heartache and risks that really do exist all around them.

I see this a good thing because we can’t pray for a problem that we don’t even know exists.

The mind of a worrier is a natural prayer list creator – we just need need to practice shifting our fears into faith, so God’s grace can start transforming us into the prayer warriors He’s calling us to be.

Here are a few habits that can begin to transform your fear into faith:

1 – Take time to quiet your mind in prayer and meditation every morning
The early hours are best for this because it’s quiet, while everyone else is sleeping. This literally can rewire your brain to be more peaceful.

2 – Cultivate mindfulness throughout the day
Pay attention to your thoughts, take more deep breaths. Notice when you’re starting to think fearfully.

3 – When you find yourself panicking, pray instead
When you pay attention to your thoughts, you have the power to shift into prayer. For example, if a news headline makes you fear war, pray for peace. When you’re concerned about a friend, cover her in prayer. When you’re afraid of losing your job, pray for God to guide you to a more secure one.

It really is this simple! Just stick with it. Grace is transformational, but it takes time to rewire our brain from worrying into warrior-ing.

Do you struggle with worry? Comment below, so we can pray for you to experience more of God’s peace in your life?  

Prayer for Unity in America

Prayer for Unity in America

For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall. – Ephesians 2:14

“We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.”  – Gwendolyn Brooks

As a nation, we are hurting. We’ve been through so much together through this election cycle, and we’re all processing it in different ways.

God, help us begin to heal and move forward.

Where the sting of grief weighs down our souls, bring Your comfort.

Where fear of discrimination disturbs our peace of mind, fill us with trust in You.

Where unfair judgements shroud our ability to see the good in each other, help us connect at the heart of our common humanity.

Where the darkness of hatred hides within us, bring it to light and replace it with Your love.

Unite in Prayer

Remove the blinders of predjudice from our eyes; help us to see each other clearly as Your beloved children..

Give us the courage to be accountable for our actions and attitudes which harm others, and give us the strength to forgive those, who have wounded us.

Open our hearts to be kind to one another, as we learn and grow.

Strengthen us in our most broken places; Make something beautiful out of our pain.

Illuminate our minds with Your Truth.

We need Your justice, mercy and love more than ever, Lord.

We need Your wisdom, guidance and vision for the future.

We need You to create a new path for us, and fill us with the grace to follow it.

Though it feels like we’re being torn apart at the seams, we know You are with us.

Help us to rise as a stronger, more empathic people.

Awaken a Holy passion and conviction of what is right in us.

Help us unite in our desires for peace.

Give us the strength to work together for the common good.

We praise You, we thank You and we aspire only to do Your will!

In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Please share your prayers for unity below, and we will lift them with you!

prayer for peace (after yet another shooting)

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
-Psalm 29:11

God, our hearts are breaking.

Another day, another senseless tragedy.

Too many, Too young, Too soon.

An unwelcome reminder of how sick our society has become.

God, You are Perfect Love. We know You did not create us to kill each other.

Please protect us from beginning to see this kind of violence as inevitable.

Give us faith in Your Vision for a better future.

Help us to realize on a deep level how connected we are, so we care enough to begin the work of creating a more peaceful world.

Wake us up.

Kindle the fire of Your Love in us; Fill us with Your Spirit of Compassion for the victims. Help us stand in solidarity with their loved ones through the long road of healing they will endure.

Shape our hearts with Your Mercy for the perpetrator, even as we seek justice. Only You know the wounds that could lead one of Your children to such a horrific action; give us the strength to forgive.

Shine Your Light on the cultural, political and family dysfunction, which is fertile soil for hatred that can grow into violence.

Give us the eyes to clearly see the hard truths, which need to be addressed before things can get better.

Inspire us with solutions, Lord.

Energize the efforts of those who work for social justice.

Bless families, protect the innocence of children.

Show each of us how we can bring Your Healing, Love and Support to the most vulnerable among us.

Fill us with the conviction and guidance it will take to become part of the solution.

Spark miraculous transformations deep inside our hearts, so we can become ever more capable of bringing Your Peace into this broken world.

Unite our efforts and multiply them with Your Power, so the roots of hatred will dissolve before they can ever manifest into another act of violence.

In Jesus name, we pray.

Who are you praying for today? Write in comments below, and we’ll lift them up with you! God bless.