I have needed to read this over myself multiple times this week. I found even in the midst of writing it how easily I run to anxiety instead of to the caring, safe hands of the Father. Praying for each of you that is experiencing any level of fear during this time, and I hope this provides a moment of peace for you.
Forgive us Lord, for being consumed by fear.
Forgive us for running toward panic as an attempt at control.
When circumstances are blatantly unknown,
when loved ones are in danger,
when hope seems so far away,
forgive us for choosing panic.
Help us choose to trust You confidently, rather than running to other things we think might give us peace: information, numbing, scrolling, hiding.
In the midst of unknowns, uncertainties, unending fear —
It is easy, maybe even natural to panic.
Anxiety is a familiar enemy.
In these moments, help us receive the invitation to pray instead of panic.
To worship rather than worry.
Make peace our natural state of being.
You promise that in Your presence we will find perfect peace.
Peace beyond anything we could even imagine.
Peace that gives us perspective beyond our greatest fears.
Grant us, Lord, that in times of great fear, we could experience and embody peace.
Help us maintain an awareness of Your presence, and live in Your peace.
Beyond our deepest, darkest, real fear, give us the ability to hold to an eternal truth and live with peace.
Panic leads us on a wild goose chase.
Prayer leads us only to trust.
In this highly anxious time, may we accept the invitation to prayer over panic.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”