As I was driving to church, I knew God was telling me to pray for my husband. In church service. On stage. With a microphone. What?!
In the 11 years Chris and I had been married, I had never spoken on stage before, and I wouldn’t even sit next to a mic. Let alone turn it on and speak into it! I tried to get around it.
Maybe it was just a fleeting thought of my own. Or maybe I should ask a staff pastor to pray for him.
But deep down, I recognized God’s voice, and what He said to do was for me to do. After all, Chris is my husband, my children’s father, my pastor, and he was about to have hip-replacement surgery in 3 days.
Fear holds us hostage and keeps us from what we’re supposed to do.
We can’t be productive if we’re too busy thinking unproductive thoughts and worrying over what is not.
At least 92% of things we worry about will never happen!
It’s great to think ahead and plan for what might actually happen; like if your 1-year-old is in diapers, then make sure you have extra diapers and an extra outfit in case there’s an explosion down under, because that is REAL!
I would imagine the other 8% of things we worry about that do happen are more like that; maybe messy, but mundane.
It can be subtle, but you can actually feel fear creep in… Your mind starts to race, your heart rate goes up, your tummy flips, your hair might stand on end, or you may to get shaky.
At least, that’s how I felt.
It’s quite ironic, because although you are wide-eyed, you are not “seeing”.
Your vision is veiled by vivid images of catastrophic circumstances.
If you let fear capture you, it will cripple you for the duration of time you are taken by it.
As soon as you break free, you regain your sight, mobility, and peace of mind.
You can be fearful of anything from relational issues, to physical issues, to financial issues, to breaking in new shoes. No seriously. If you don’t have a back-up pair of flats for those 5-inch heels, then you’d better have some band-aids!
If you let fear take over, your mind goes into an autopilot mode of anxious thought patterns.
But God’s word says,
• “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” (Philippians 4:6 NKJV)
That is how you regain control.
• “… and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7 NKJV)
So how do you make sure you don’t nosedive into those patterns again?
You create new thought patterns like this:
• “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8, 9 NKJV)
Yes, “The God of peace WILL be with you.”
That day, I knew I was going to be on stage anyway, because we were dedicating our baby girl, Eden. So before service began, I arranged for someone to bring me a mic when we were up there.
At the end of service, after Chris prayed over Eden, I prayed over him.
Since that day I prayed for my husband, in church service, on stage, with a microphone, God has given me next-level courage.
That was almost a year ago. Now I go on stage with my husband each week, (unless I’m visiting one of our other campuses), to welcome everyone to Family Life Church.
And get this; I enjoy it!
What fears are holding you back or keeping you down?