How do you conquer hidden fears? First, you identify what is causing you to feel fearful. Is your sense of fear based on Truth or an irrational belief? Most of what we fear never happens. While fearful feelings may be warning signs, they also can be very misleading. For some people, worry and fear are simply habitual. They have no solid basis for what they are feeling.

The second step to conquering fear is prayer. Many believers look for some sort of formula to make their prayers more effective. When it comes to prayer, there is no secret method. Simply pray about what frightens you. Tell the Lord what is worrying you, and ask Him to show you if your sense of fear is valid. God hears you when you cry out to Him. You can tell Him when you feel afraid, scared, or hurt. He also listens as you express your feelings of frustration and anger.

James reminds us that many times our fears are not silenced because we do not take time to pray, “You do not have because you do not ask God” (4:2).

Fear is a very strong emotion. It can paralyze us, but it also can be an indicator of what is going on in a person’s life. God knows our hearts and our deepest secrets. He knows what fears we have. As hidden areas of fear and dread come to light, God will reveal His plan to eliminate each one.

In times of fear, ask God to reveal what is true about your situation. Be strong in your faith. The apostles did not hesitate to ask God to increase their faith and neither should you (see Luke 17:5). He will help you overcome fear.

Prayer: God, I pray that You would shine Your light on my situation, revealing the Truth so that I will not be afraid. Help me to be able to identify what is causing my fear and to come to You when I am feeling afraid. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life” (Psalm 56:13).


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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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