Scripture-Prayers for Taking Courage and Forsaking Fear

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Hey, everyone! We have all battled fear individually but I don’t know of a time in our generation that fear has any more audaciously come for the whole globe. I originally worded and compiled these Scripture-prayers for my own use. Then I shared them with my husband. Then my girls. And then I thought maybe some of my coworkers could use them. Then I decided maybe the prayers would be of use to a larger group of people so, back in 2012, I made it available as a print out after our Living Proof Live simulcast. I think this might be a really good time to offer them again. I don’t always pray Scripture-prayers. I pray in all sorts of ways just like many of you do. But, in times of greatest need, ESPECIALLY if it’s liable to be a long haul and the obstacle is so large it’s going to take a big whopping miracle, this is undoubtedly the approach to prayer I’ve found most effective. I’ll tell you why:

Praying Scripture rolls the burden onto the Word of God and not on the words of the pray-er. It is our way of saying back to our faithful God what He has said in Scripture. It also draws from paradigms of prayers that were inspired by the Holy Spirit and engraved on the eternal scroll. By no means do we see praying Scripture as a way to demand that God give us what we’re asking. He is sovereign and we come to Him in humility. He is all-wise and faithful. We are called to trust Him even when our yes is delayed or we feel like we’ve gotten a no and we have no idea why. Praying Scripture is our way of taking Him up on the access the blood of Jesus Christ has given us to go boldly to the Throne to find mercy and grace to help us in our time of need. Humility and boldness are not antonyms for the follower of Christ. They coexist in the souls of those who know that our confidence is not in our own weak flesh but in our omnipotent, ever present, ever loving God.

Keep in mind, these prayers were compiled long before our COVID-19 crisis so you’ll not see specific wording in regard to it and some of them may not reflect our current climate as well as others. But, because the prayers are based on the Word of God, I hope you’ll overwhelmingly find them to be timeless and timely.

If you think they would be a help to you, by all means, print them out. My staff did a lovely job taking my simple word document and turning it into something lovely. If you have a friend who is dealing with fear and anxiety and you think he or she could perhaps find some help and relief, share the link. You’ll see ideas for ways to use them in the introduction but, truly, they are for you to use any way you like. Pray perhaps a page a day. Or tape a page to the refrigerator or to your bathroom mirror. They’re yours. And, if Christ is Lord to you, you are His. So loved, cared for, planned for, seen and heard. If He is not yet Lord to you, He’s right there for the taking. He loves you so. Gave His life to save you and He saves by grace alone through faith and not according to our merit. None of us can earn salvation.

Keep the faith, loved one. And forsake some fear.


13 Responses to “Scripture-Prayers for Taking Courage and Forsaking Fear”

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  1. 1
    Deborah Mott says:

    Thank you. Great time to pray Gods Word like this.

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    Vanessa R Szanto says:

    This is so helpful to have this compilation of verses all in one place. Thank you

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    Rhonda Urben says:

    I read this blog and immediately created gmail accounts for my two granddaughters (ages 11 and 12) who we adopted out of foster care so I could email this to them. They have fear, but they also love the Lord. Thank you for your wisdom and your willingness to share your love!!


    Rhonda Urben

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    April says:

    Thank you for this. Truly.

  5. 5
    Sparki2003 says:

    This is wonderful! Thank you!

    Love you, in Christ Jesus, Jennifer Olmstead

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    Zoed says:

    I agree. This is wonderful. Thank You! Will pass on ..

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    Zoed says:

    I agree. This is wonderful. Well needed. I will also share and pass along.
    Thank You.

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    Christine Cartwright says:

    Beth, I am so thankful for you. I am learning so much.

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    Robert Noyola says:


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    Lynn Magie says:

    Beth, as a long-time student of your Bible Studies, I just want to know I admire your courage in standing up against the views of the Southern Baptist Church. It is difficult to be in the public eye, and take such a position – especially after such a long and intimate relationship. I am praying for you, that God will strengthen you in the battle, and bring others to “hold up your arms” like they did with Moses. May Satan be defeated in this attempt to discourage you! You have been such a blessing in my life. xoxo

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    Janet says:

    Beth, thank you for having a tender heart and eyes wide open to God. Continue to listen to His still, small voice as He leads you. You have helped many women to know that they have already been set free and they can now walk in that freedom. Blessings

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    Yolanda Williams says:

    I really am very proud of how you made a decision to leave Southern Baptist. I imagine it was difficult, but I applaud you for your brave decision.

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    William Mikesh says:

    Thank you for your courage. We need those that look beyond themselves and do what Christ calls us to do. Peace Sister.

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