Dear Jesus

Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Hear Me saying, “Peace, be still!” to your restless heart.

Dear Jesus,

Fearfulness seems to come so naturally to me, as if it’s the default setting when I let my thoughts run freely. Peacefulness, on the other hand, requires continual effort and a degree of vigilance. I need to stay aware of Your Presence with me, to quiet my anxious heart. I confess I often lose sight of You, as the visible world lures my attention away from Your unseen Reality.

Beloved, I understand how vulnerable you are to things that impact your senses. It’s good that you, too, are aware of this weakness. Also, you recognize that I am the answer to your vulnerability. This condition of yours is ever so human: The visible world tugs at the heartstrings of all My children. Because of this common human tendency, My Word exhorts you to be alert and prayerful—fixing your eyes on Me, bringing every thought captive to Me.

The sounds of the world (as well as its sights) tend to lead you away from Me. You need a quiet place in order to hear My voice. As you listen intently in My Presence, I guide your mind to think My thoughts. Bring Me your restless heart, and wait while I speak Peace into its depths—stilling the troubled waters of your soul.

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

[Mark 4:39]

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

[Ephesians 6:18]

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

[Hebrews 12:2]

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

[2 Corinthians 10:5]

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