Spirit of the living God, come today and help Your children be released from fear. We know that fear cancels out faith – that one cannot have true faith unless and until fear is gone, but fear often has such a grip on us that instead of letting it go, we hold onto it even tighter. Some of our fears are real, and some, we have made up and in fact, made bigger because they are made up. We are afraid of ourselves, our own potential; we are afraid of succeeding and of failing. We are afraid of doing wrong, of making people angry, and of speaking up and out. We are afraid to ask for what we deserve and for what we know we are worth. We are afraid of the bullies in our lives and we are afraid of perhaps losing something we do not need if we stand up to them. We are afraid of what we know and of what we do not know. Our lawmakers in Washington seem to be afraid of the president. Lord, in Your mercy, hear us! Replace our fear with faith, and help us to act in faith to face our fears before we are no longer able to. Help us to understand that if there is a cost for facing our fears, it will be far outweighed by the freedom we experience once we let the fears go. Spirit of the living God, come today and help Your children be released from fear. Amen.