“Why Are You Afraid?”
Lord, sometimes we are afraid; sometimes we are very afraid.
We are afraid because we perceive that we are in danger; often the danger is imaginary but sometimes it is very, very real.
Lord, please don’t chastise us for our little faith; we are already well aware of just how little it is.
Lord, please increase our faith; help us to learn the good and sound lesson of your faithfulness that we know we should have learned long, long ago.
Maybe, Lord, we show a good kind of faith when we trust that you know our predicament whether we tell you about it or not and that you will save us whether we ask you to or not.
When the involuntary response of fear comes upon us, Lord, let it be quickly followed by the voluntary reaction of trust in you.
“And they went and woke him up, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’ And he said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you of little faith?’” (Matthew 8:25-26a)