When Fear Gets A Grip – Turn to Me
Sometimes you might wish you had a bodyguard. A big, burly looking man to watch over you. It’s a comforting thought to think that there is someone whose job it is to protect you.
Did you know that when my son, Jesus, was on this earth he prayed specifically for you? And his prayer was that I would “keep you.” But the modern translation doesn’t do that prayer justice. The word that Jesus used for “keep” in his prayer has a much deeper meaning than the English translation only hints at. In the Greek, it means “to guard something against injury through constant care and attention.”
This type of protection is what a mother gives to a child, a shepherd to his sheep, or the secret service to the President. Imagine having that kind of protection in your life. That is just what Jesus was asking me to do for his followers.
Beyond that he was asking that I would be with you. That you and I would be one. Think about that for a moment… I am always with you and guarding you, watching over you, protecting you and caring for you.
When fear begins to get a grip on your heart, call out to me. Ask me to remind you that I am the one who keeps you, the one who is always with you and who is watching over you. Trust in my protection over you. After all you couldn’t have a better bodyguard.
3 for 3
1 – Read John 16:33, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (NLT) Use this as a prayer, ask God to fill your heart with peace whenever you are faced with trials.
2 – Read the rest of the prayer by Jesus in John 17 in the New Living Translation. Notice how verse 11 has been translated, instead of “keep” this translation says, “protect them.” In the Message it says “guard them.” (See a 4 version comparison of verse 11 here. Using a tool like Bible Gateway you can easily compare versions. )