Overcoming fear

About a year ago, I began seeing a boy named Caleb, a boy that was afraid
to pray. As I was looking back on our first session together, I recalled the time when we were having devotions, and I asked him if he had any prayer
requests. Caleb got very uneasy and seemed uncomfortable. He said, “I
don’t pray. The last time I prayed I heard voices.” It was clear that Caleb was afraid. However, these voices, this unbridled fear, had no place in his prayers. I reassured him that our God is bigger than the voices he heard. I immediately prayed and asked God for His peace and presence as we prayed. After all, our God does not give us the spirit of fear.

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-

— 2 Timothy 2:7

Fast forward to today, Caleb’s growth in his prayer life has grown tremendously. He not only prays during our sessions at Crown Valley, but he is now also attending a Christian club at his school once a week.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

— 1 John 5:14

Chris Pope

Board Member & Mentor