Welcome to the  MOHC blog, a daily dose of encouragement from Pastor David Chadwick. 

  • David Chadwick

Visualize a package filled with your worries. Now imagine sending that package to a place that permanently takes your worries away. Deletes them forever. Swipes the hard drive clean.

Prayer is the vehicle that delivers your worry package to the throne of God. And once the package is delivered, it is yours no more. It can’t be returned.

What’s even better is the postage required for this package is free. You stamp your package with these words: “He will.” The prayer of faith ensures delivery every time.

Two postage marks can prevent the package from reaching its destination. One is “I hope so.” The other, “I think he can.” But when you send your package stamped in faith – “He will!” – it’s delivered every time. And God will faithfully answer your prayers according to his perfect will.

Sometimes our prayers aren’t answered immediately. But delay doesn’t mean denial. Delay means keep praying. Persevere in prayer.

Jesus teaches us to pray boldly and persistently: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).

If you want a new way to pray, try 3-word prayers. I wrote a book about why these short, succinct prayers are packed with power. God isn’t concerned about the length of our prayers. Or their piety. He wants them to come from a desperate heart of faith.

Here are some examples that may reflect your heart’s needs today:

Give me peace. Heal my heart. Help my unbelief. Fear no more. Turn to you. Break my chains. Make me bold. Cast out fear. I surrender all. No turning back. Save my child.

And always make sure that you end your prayers with this exclamation point: Amen (Psalm 89:52). Amen means “so be it” - another 3-word prayer. When you punctuate your prayer with “Amen,” you boldly release it to the throne room. You deliver your package with the stamp of faith. It’s firmly saying, “God will,” not “God might.”

Ask. Seek. Knock.

Pray. Faith. Amen.

  • David Chadwick

Throughout the Bible, we read stories of people who fought anxiety with faith. It is the most potent and powerful antidote to the poison of fear.

Faith in God’s promises will dwarf any mountain we are facing. As Christ-followers, we don’t focus on the size of our mountain, we focus on the size of our God!

Faith is the unwavering belief in God’s presence - that he is with you no matter what the situation may be. God himself gives us this promise in Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Jesus repeats his Father’s words in the New Testament after he is raised from the dead. Right before his Ascension, Jesus speaks his last words to his disciples. Last words before a departure are always very important. They signal the deepest feelings of the heart of the one getting ready to leave.

Jesus peers at his friends and says to them, “I will be with you always, even to the close of the age.” (Matthew 28:20). No matter what we may face in life, we do so with Jesus’s presence.

When anxiety knocks on the door of your heart, send Jesus to answer. When he opens the door - once you’ve placed your trust in him - anxiety is gone. Fear flees. Fear cannot reside in the presence of Jesus.

The spiritual enemy of your soul doesn’t want you to live a life filled with joy and peace. But your Daddy does. Trust in him. Know that Jesus is with you wherever you may go.

Focus on faith. And Jesus’s presence with and in you.

And you will be set free from fear.

  • David Chadwick

The great enemy of our souls prowls around like a lion searching for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8 ).  It’s not a matter of if he will attack, butwhen.  But God gave us two powerful words to fight the enemy: “But God.”  God always has the final word. When the enemy and his destructive hordes speak anxious words to you, respond by saying, “But God.”  God is God; the enemy is not.  God is all-powerful and omniscient; the enemy is not.  God has won the victory; the enemy has not. Take a stand each day against Satan’s schemes.  Remind yourself – and him – of what you believe.  Copy this prayer on a notecard, or print it.  Place it somewhere you will see it each morning.  Repeat this prayer throughout your day: I don’t care what I see. I don’t walk by sight, but by faith.  I refuse to pay attention to the enemy’s lies.  I know that my Redeemer lives.  And I have faith to cling to the Lord’s promises no matter what.  Heaven is my home.  If I don’t get to experience God’s promises until then, so be it.  God has his reasons for waiting.  But God.  His delay doesn’t mean he is denying me.  I trust him.  Like a child, I believe.  And that’s that!

This kind of prayer drives the enemy and his hordes crazy.  It reminds him that he is a creature, not the Creator, and thus he is not sovereign.  It reminds him of his coming eternal doom, and how each passing day draws him closer to hell.  And you to heaven. Your prayer of faith will conquer the enemy’s wiles.  He will realize yet again that he may be the devil, but he is God’s devil.  But God is still in control.  And God is using the devil’s attacks – every single one of them – for his good purposes.  And our good. “But God!”  The shortest yet most powerful prayer of faith.  A simple way we say: “He who lives in me is greater than anything that lives in this world!” (1 John 4:4). Praise God, Jesus is Lord!