But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
Interestingly, I did not feel impressed to write before the bus route this morning. When I was prepping the bus for the morning route, I received a call from one of the staff. I thought he was going to ask me to cover another bus driver who was absent.
Instead, he told me that another bus driver was looking for someone to pray for each of us over the Christmas break. There was “concern” that some might become sick and it would put a lot of stress on the whole team as we cover for one another. I chuckled as I realized, I was asked to pray to silence fear…on Fear Not Friday.
I thought about the Angel’s announcement to the shepherds on the night of Jesus’ birth. King James Version states it this way, “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
So at 7:30 am today, I keyed up the mic for all of the bus drivers and prayed. I first asked God to bring comfort to those who have lost loved ones throughout the year. Holidays and birthdays are very emotional times of remembrance for those we have lost. Perhaps this is your first Christmas with a family member missing. May God bring comfort and peace in a very tangible way to you this Christmas season.
Next, I prayed for angelic protection for each of us as we travel over the holidays. I prayed for the other drivers around us for their safety. I asked that our vehicle casualties in our state be the lowest in years. If you are travelling, may God station his angels guard over you.
Next, I prayed for encouragement against fear of sickness. The rhetoric around viruses and the flu season gains its strength by creating fear. As children of God we are no longer dominated by a spirit of fear, but God has given us a spirit of love, power and a sound mind. I asked for God to watch over our gatherings and for life to be present.
After my close, another bus keyed in as if we had the timing planned. Her children on the bus, sang We Wish You a Merry Christmas to all of the bus drivers. Following this song, a train of bus drivers shared “Amen” to the prayer time.
Why do I mention all of this on Fear Not Friday? People are receptive to blessing prayers over their lives and families during the Christmas season. Make and take the opportunity to pray for as many people as you can. Pray for you waitresses, your clerk attendants, bank tellers, cashiers, etc. Just say something like, “this is a wonderful time of the year, I like to pray blessings for others, how may I pray for you?” Listen and then pray the prayer of faith, believing God wants to bless them.
On this Fear Not Friday, the Angel’s message is still relevant. People are fearful. There is good news. Jesus is alive. May you sense His protection and life today. Fear be silent in the name of Jesus for we are children of a loving heavenly Father.
Blessings Love y’all