Fear is a powerful emotion and in the witnessing endeavor, one that can debilitate and demotivate us from sharing our faith. In fact, fear may simply keep us from engaging others.
Fear is perhaps one of biggest reasons people don’t witness to others about Jesus.
So we need peace, the peace of God, and prayer is the key!
Two Scriptures that are instructive and powerful to memorize and apply include:
Isaiah 26:3 – “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
Philippians 4:6 – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
As we pray for the peace of God prior to our engaging the lost, know that this peace is something we not only experience internally but manifest externally. Interestingly, the peace of God can also be a powerful witness.
As an unbelieving college student at the University of Florida in the mid-1980’s, I remember seeing an old hometown friend named Mark while walking through campus one day. I hadn’t seen Mark in several years. He told me he’d become a Christian.
I remember vividly the peace that flowed out of Mark. It was striking and I knew there was something very different about him. You see, the peace of God he expressed was a powerful testimony.
Lord, please grant me peace as I witness to others. May I not only experience your peace, but allow those to whom I witness to also experience Your peace, that the Prince of Peace be glorified. Amen.