This is my commandâ€”be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9 NLT).
Lord, forgive us for giving in to fear. We fear debt and poverty, so we donâ€™t give as Youâ€™ve directed us. We fear for our children, so we worry about them instead of seeking Your guidance for their lives. We fear how the actions of politicians will affect us so we put our trust in different politicians. We havenâ€™t practiced your presence so we lay awake at night in fear over what has happened, what could happen, and what will likely never happen. Weâ€™ve given in to fear and have turned from You, the fountain of living water, and have sought for answers from false sources.
We repent of practicing fear, and seek Your grace and presence to direct our every thought. Your word tells us that perfect love casts out fear. Fill us with Your perfect love that You displayed on Calvary, and let that love cast the fear out of our lives. Let our gaze and thoughts always be centered on You, for only in love can we know perfect love, and experience lives where fear has been cast out. Amen.
–Fr. David Surrett