“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love
and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV)
One time when Jesus was out on a boat with His disciples, a HUGE storm came up. It was so scary that the disciples literally thought they would die. Meanwhile, Jesus is sleeping in the back of the boat. In what I imagine was a nonchalant manner, Jesus simply gets up, tells the wind and the waves to be still (which they do!), and then turns to His disciples and says “Why are you so afraid?”. I don’t know what storms have come or will come in each student’s college career, but when they do come, often fear accompanies them. Sometimes the storms are full of good things, but having to make so many decisions paralyzes us in fear and keeps us from making ANY decision. Other times we’re afraid of how a relationship will turn out or whether we’ll get everything done by the end of the semester. No matter what is tempting students to be afraid, pray today that they’d be reminded that God doesn’t give a spirit of fear but rather one of POWER, LOVE, and SELF-CONTROL. Ask God to remind them of that power and help them live lives unafraid. Pray that they would have hearts that would be quick to turn to Jesus who is right there with them in the boat when storms threaten to destroy. Ask God to reveal His presence and His power in the situations they face today.