By Lynette Kittle, Crosswalk.com
A Prayer for Those Who Fear the End of the World
By Lynette Kittle
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” - John 14:27
The world is sensing the coming of what Isaiah 51:6 describes, of the earth wearing out like a garment and the heavens vanishing, yet as Christians, we know God’s salvation will last forever, and His righteousness will never fail. Still, with the growing number of doomsday films, television shows, books, headlines, and world events filled with natural disasters, threats of nuclear war, and talk of terrifying zombie and alien invasions, people are fearful.
With eyes full of unimaginable end-of-the-world apocalyptic and catastrophic images, many are up at night, unable to sleep or find rest, living in a perpetual state of terror. For some, it’s paralyzing, causing them to give up hope and stop planning for the future, feeling like it doesn’t matter because it’s all going to end soon. However, as believers in Jesus Christ, we have a hope greater than a fear of the world ending and celestial invasions. We have the promise of eternal life with God, free from darkness, pain, sorrow, and death (Revelation 21:4). The end of the world is just the beginning for us.
Because we have this hope, we can continue to grow in the knowledge of the Lord, share His truth and love with those around us and keep moving forward in our lives. Rather than being paralyzed by fear, we can walk in peace knowing it doesn’t matter if the earth ends tomorrow because we have much more to look forward to ahead of us than what we’ll leave behind. Because God has already planned our amazing future with Him, preparing a place for us to live with Him forever, what could possibly ever be better?
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God’” (Revelation 21:3).
There is no uncertainty concerning our future, so we don’t have to feel shaken by world events or live in fear of what might happen next because Jesus offers His comfort and refuge to us.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am”(John 14:1-3).
Thank you, Lord, that I don’t have live in fear of the end of the world or what tomorrow might bring upon the earth because my life is in Your hands, and my steps are established by You (Proverbs 16:9). Today, dear Lord, fill me with Your peace. Let my heart and mind be guarded by it, knowing, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
I praise you for Your peace and comfort in my life to carry me through life’s daily stresses, troubling headlines, and disturbing occurrences. Thank you for your divine protection over my life, as John 10:28 assures, “No one has the power to take us away from You. ‘I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of My hand.’”
Help me, Lord, to not stay up at night trying to figure out what’s coming next in the world, but instead to fully trust in You with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. Each day helps me to submit to Your leading in my life (Proverbs 3:5,6). I praise You that my life ahead is set with you and because it is, I can rest peacefully each night knowing You have planned and prepared me a home with You.
Lead me, dear Lord, to walk out each day confident in Your faithfulness and Your covering over my life, knowing You cover me with Your feathers and under Your wings I find refuge. Your faithfulness is my shield and rampart (Psalm 91:4).
In Jesus’ name, Amen
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Lynette Kittle is married with four daughters. She enjoys writing about faith, marriage, parenting, relationships, and life. Her writing has been published by Focus on the Family, Decision, Today’s Christian Woman, kirkcameron.com, Ungrind.org, StartMarriageRight.com, and more. She has a M.A. in Communication from Regent University and serves as associate producer for Soul Check TV.
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