The Scriptures make it clear that fear is not from God. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Fear is from the enemy, and it hinders us from fulfilling God’s will for our lives. Fear limits us and dulls our spiritual senses in hearing the voice of God. If you are having any kind of fear in your life, know that such is not God’s will for you. The only fear that we must have is fear of the Lord, and the definitions of the two kinds of fear are not even related. Fear of the Lord is revering Him, adoring Him, and respecting Him above all things, while the fear that comes from the enemy aims to steal, kill, and destroy (see John 10:10).
How do you pray to God against fear? First, ask the Lord to reveal to you the following things:
- What is making you fearful?
- Why do you fear it?
- Who is bigger, God or that thing that’s making you fearful?
Be honest with God. Let every fear in you be exposed before His presence so that you may be set free. The lie of the enemy about our fears is it makes us doubt God’s ability and power to do something about it. When God is taken out of the picture, fear comes in. It’s time to go back to Him, repent for any doubts and unbelief, and exalt His faithfulness, greatness, and power. Here is a prayer against fear:
Heavenly Father, I exalt You and magnify You. Thank You for exposing every fear in my life and that right now You are sweeping away every lie and deception of the enemy. You are greater than anything, and nothing is too hard for You to handle. I am safe, secured, and protected in Your hands because You are my Heavenly Father. I am blessed to have known You in Christ Jesus’ name. Amen.
What does God say about overcoming fear?
Isaiah 41:10 says, Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
God knows that we tend to become fearful in this world from time to time. He does not condemn us or reject us for being fearful and lacking faith in Him. That is why He promised in His Word that we do not need to fear because He is with us. He will strengthen us and help us in all walks of life.
The only way to overcome fear is to believe in the promise of God; to believe that He never leaves you nor forsakes you in any circumstances. When the enemy lies, and this causes fear in your mind and heart, run to the Word of God. Seek His promises through the Scriptures. There are many scriptures about God’s promises to overcome fears. If you are afraid about your health and your family’s, God said in Psalm 91:10, There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. If you are fearful about being abandoned, God said in Psalm 9:10, And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. What are you afraid of? Find a scripture and declare God’s Word:
No evil shall come near me or any sicknesses come near my home, says the Lord! In Jesus’ name, my household is safe from harm!
What does God say about the spirit of fear?
As mentioned earlier, the spirit of fear is not from God. He has and will never give us a spirit of fear, but only of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Fear is from the enemy and it aims to steal, kill, and destroy anything in our lives so that our calling from God is hindered. However, fear is not an uncommon experience for believers. God’s people in the Bible also experienced fear many times, but that is why we now read many scriptures about God’s promises of His peace, presence, protection, strength, help, and so on. When David, a man after God’s heart, experienced and admitted fear, he said, “When I am afraid, I will trust in thee” (Psalm 56:3). Instead of giving in to his fears, he exalted God by declaring his trust in the Lord.
When the enemy attacks God’s people with fear, God’s grace abounds all the more. And as He promised, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
People can experience many different fears—fear of loss, fear of abandonment and rejection, fear of pain, fear of punishment, fear of the unknown or the future, and so many others. As the list of fear goes on, God’s scriptures about His promises far exceed them, and He is greater than the lies of the enemy. We must never give in to our fears or the lies of the enemy. After all, God is sovereign and He is the most powerful Being, Who can’t be rivaled. No one matches the power of God, and we are blessed to be His children through our faith in Jesus Christ. No matter what we are afraid of, God is always greater than our fears. Nothing is too hard for the Lord.
Whenever you feel afraid, exalt God, praise His goodness, and magnify His power. Let the enemy tremble with fear upon hearing the powerful name of Jesus Christ and His victory!
Which psalms are about fear?
The Bible offers many scriptures about overcoming fear. In the book of Psalm, we read people’s many prayers, faith, and exaltations that have helped them rise above their fears through God’s assurance. Here are some scriptures in the book of Psalm that may help you overcome fears and be reminded of God’s promises:
1. Psalm 27:1-6
When you please people and fear men more than you please God and fear Him, dread and anxieties can make a way into your heart. Psalm 27 is a great reminder that when you are struggling with people-pleasing and fear of men, God alone shall be lifted high in your life.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.
2. Psalm 23:1-6
This is among the most popular scriptures attributed in films for use at funerals, but if you take a look at the richness of this passage, it is about God’s comforting presence that’s always with us in all seasons of life. When you feel afraid, uncertain, or worried about tomorrow, declare Psalm 23:1-6.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
3. Psalm 34:1-10
Psalm 34 makes a great prayer of exaltation amid your fears. It is when our hearts get broken that fear can suddenly rush in but God promised that He is always close to the broken-hearted.
I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
There are many other scriptures in the Book of Psalm that can help you overcome your fears through faith in God and His Word. Continuously seek His will, exalt God above your fears, and trust in His faithfulness to deliver you from all your fears in Christ Jesus.