The enemy uses persecution and fear to drive us away from God. But what happens when we respond with prayer?

Photographer Lorraine Marie Varela shares the ripple effect that happens when we choose to pray not fear.

“The ripple effect is that we are aligning our hearts with God.”

Lorraine points us to the Scripture, where Isaiah has a vision of God seated on His throne. Isaiah hears God asking,

“Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Isaiah 6:8

When Isaiah heard God calling out for someone who will obey, he responds,

“Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8

Like Isaiah, we are to respond by stepping forward and asking God to send us. We can do this through praying for God’s will to be done. When we respond to fear by pray for God’s will to be done we are aligning our hearts with God’s heart.

“He’s looking for those hearts that will say yes. Yes I will go, yes I will pray. Yes.”

Is fear holding you back from responding with yes to God’s call?

“If you’re dealing with fear, I think the first thing you need to know is that God is touching your heart to pray because fear doesn’t come from Him. This is why we need to align ourselves with his purposes and let that ripple effect start with us.”

What would happen if we, instead of cowering in fear, turned around and faced it?

Fear does not come from God. When we encounter fear, Jesus Christ has given us the power to face our fears and overcome them.

“In the presence of darkness, light shines brighter still.”

Key Scripture: John 14:6

Featured Songs: For Your Glory by Free Worship; Take Heart by Shannon Wexelberg; Lose My Soul by Toby Mac

Highlight: Aligning our hearts with God

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