A. W. Tozer said, “When entering the prayer chamber, we must come filled with faith and armed with courage. Nowhere else in the whole field of religious thought and activity is courage so necessary as in prayer.”
We are living in a season where courageous prayer is needed! As leaders of God’s people we must find a greater level of courage in order to see God at work in our world.
Fear and anxiety can have a crippling effect on one’s life. Fear can demoralize our churches. Yet fear can have a positive effect, if leveraged appropriately. Fear can propel us into the arms of God. It can drive us toward deeper community and dependence on the body of Christ.
Where does courage come from? I believe courage comes from God. It is interesting that the subject of fear is addressed over 500 times in the Bible. So, when God commands us, “Do not be afraid,” He is promising to give us courage to overcome our fears.
God called Jeremiah into a challenging ministry and yet God gave him the courage to complete this difficult task. The Lord said to him “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you.” Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth” (Jeremiah 1:8-9).
Where does courage come from? It comes from experiencing God’s presence – “I am with you”. It comes from relying on God’s power – “I will rescue you” and it comes from trusting in God’s promises – “I have put my words in your mouth.”
Pastors, we are inviting you and your staff to join us for an online prayer gathering Tuesday April 28, 2020 at 2:00pm CST, as we collectively appeal to the God of mercy to fill us with faith and courage in these troubled times.
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)