When Terror Strikes

Basically, there are two paths you can walk: faith or fear. It’s impossible to simultaneously trust God and not trust God.
— Charles Stanley

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families in Manchester. Terror is ugly but a realty in our generation. The goal of terror is to shut down the freedoms we all enjoy and ultimately control our lives through fear and intimidation. The fear and intimidation are very real.


So what should our response be when terror strikes?


My suggestion is to prayer the prayer in Psalm 91. It’s the ultimate protection prayer in the bible. Its designed to fill us with confidence that no matter what comes our way, we can trust our Heavenly Father to protect us.


My good friend, who was stationed in Iraq, prayed this prayer every morning before going out on patrol. One morning, his team came across an abandoned vehicle on the side of the road. All abandoned vehicles where considered bomb threats so the team had to determine what they were dealing with.  As my friend approached the car, it exploded in his face. When the dust settled, he was miraculously standing completely whole and untouched! He didn’t even smell like smoke! God had supernaturally protected him. I know this sounds sensational but it is documented with several eye witnesses who called this a miraculous intervention.


The bible promises us this kind of protection so we can walk in peace on a daily basis. Is terror real? Yes. But the word of God is more real than terror. I encourage you, like my friend, to pray the prayer of Psalm 91 if you are dealing with fear. It actually says – “I will not be afraid of the terror by night!”


Pray this prayer every day if you have too and enjoy life the way God intended you to enjoy life. Live it to the full just like Jesus promised. 


Psalm 91
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.
— New King James Version