21 Days Of Prayer | Day 10 - West Ridge Church

Prayer Guide: Day 10

“What does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Deuteronomy 10:12

Each year, billions of dollars are spent and made by institutions, marketers, and advertisers, all leveraging our fear and anxiety. Fear sells! It’s a powerful persuader that drives our thoughts, influences, actions, and can determine the outcome of our lives.

According to God’s Word, there are two types of fear that are constantly at war for the rulership of our hearts: the fear of man and the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is a deep sense of respect, reverence, and awe of who God is and what He does, while the fear of man is a dangerous trap that subtly seeks to bring harm (Proverbs 29:25). When we fear others more than God we can often see people as “bigger” (more important or more significant) than God. This fear that is created within us gives those people the power and right to tell us what to feel, what to think, and what we should do. Consequently, when we allow this to happen, people’s expectations begin to corner us, their disappointment will crush us, and their anger will undo us.

But thank God! Because of what Jesus has done, God removes the consequences of our sins, adopts us as sons and daughters, fills us with His strength, and frees us from our crippling fears of man (1 John 4:18)! When we fear only Him, we will discover that God is kind and magnificent, good and true. In the words of Michael Reeves, “As the fear of the Lord grows, it outgrows, eclipses consumes, and destroys all rival fears.” And that is good news for us today!

Personal Prayer Focus:

Today, let’s ask God to help us to breathe, walk, and move in His presence; that our dependence on him will drive every aspect of our lives, trusting He will bring us protection, as well as delight and blessing. May we walk in the fear of the Lord, finding the greatest joy and freedom possible!

West Ridge Church Prayer Focus:

Today, let’s pray over the West Ridge Care Ministry. So many people are dealing with hurts, habits, and hang-ups that need the sound encouragement of the Word of God as well as the care of other believers. Pray for our Care Ministry staff (John Morgan and Stephanie Turner) as well as our Care Group Leaders and Care Ministry Team.