Prayers for Workers: How Can I Be Afraid?

By Mark D. Roberts

July 3, 2020

Scripture – Psalm 27:1 (NRSV)

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
+++whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
+++of whom shall I be afraid?


In a time of global pandemic, economic upheaval, and social unrest, it is easy to be afraid. But when we remember who God is and what he has done for us, our trust in him will overcome our fears. As it says in Psalm 27:1, “The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?”


O Lord, you are the light that makes all things clear, the light that shines in the darkness, the light that cannot be extinguished. You are my light, the one who shows me the best way to live and work. Since you are my light, how can I be afraid?

You are the Savior of the world, the one who redeems and restores, who renews heaven and earth. You are my Savior. You died to that I might live. You save me again and again. O Lord, since you are my Savior, how can I be afraid?

Lord, you are mighty and strong, a solid rock, a safe hiding place. You are the stronghold of my life, the one who protects me from harm. Since you are my fortress, how can I be afraid?

Help me to know you so well, Lord, and to trust you so utterly, that fear has no home in my heart. In this time of economic uncertainty, may I have confidence in you and your mercy. Yes, even in this time, how can I be afraid? Amen.

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Mark D. Roberts

Senior Strategist

Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders,...

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