Prayers for Workers: When Fear Rises Up in Your Heart

By Mark D. Roberts

February 21, 2020

God is our refuge and strength,
+++an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
+++and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.

Psalm 46:1-2 (NIV)


Gracious God, sometimes at work I feel fear rising in my heart. It may be that I’m afraid of conflict with my boss. Or perhaps I’ve made a mistake that could be costly. Sometimes I worry about whether I’ll still have my job, whether my position will be phased out or the funds just won’t be there to keep me employed.

There are times when my fear is more about whether what I’m doing is worthwhile. I worry that I’m wasting my energy, my time, my life. What if I’ve taken the wrong course, Lord?

When fear begins to rise, if I focus on the fear it will soon possess me. Anxiety will steal my joy and my sleep. It can feel as if the earth is giving away beneath me. Nothing is secure. No place is safe.

But if I can remember you, fear subsides. You are my refuge. You protect me from harm. You are my strength. You enable me to do far more than all I could ask or imagine. You are my help, always present when I need you, even in times when I can’t perceive you or when I am gripped by doubt.

Help me, dear Lord, to know that you are there and that you are on my side. May I take comfort in your protection. May I be empowered by your strength. May I live, not in fear, but in the confidence that comes from knowing you. Amen.

Ponder Throughout the Day:

As you work today, God is indeed your refuge and strength. Don’t be afraid!

Explore more at the Theology of Work Project online
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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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