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.