What scares you? What makes you afraid in situations when you have to speak up or stand your ground?
Maybe you fear being embarrassed or rejected. Or maybe you are afraid people will make fun of you. Maybe old wounds have made you timid or shy.
Here’s something to remember. When you talk about your own personal experience, nobody can shut you down. When you share something you have lived through, you have absolute authority. Nobody can tear down the truth you know about your own life.
So start there. Speak from your personal experience. This doesn’t mean you have to open your heart up to everyone. But when something comes up that you have lived through, you can speak up with confidence.
And overall, build your trust in the Lord. Spend time in his presence and ask for his mercy. Then ask to trust more in him. Let him show you what it means to be assertive in the eyes of God.
Audio message and prayer from Vincent:
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
PRAYER TO BE ASSERTIVE
O merciful Lord,
Sometimes I feel timid and afraid to speak up. I isolate myself alone. Why am I afraid? What holds me back?
Let me grow in my trust in you, O blessed Lord. Let the truth of your love and mercy reach down deep into my heart.
Let me know that I do not have to be afraid. I am loved by my Creator. You set me free from shame. Condemnation has no power over me.
By the blood of Christ, I am free.
Break the chains of fear, O Lord. I can speak truth. I can act with courage. I can be brave, as the Lord goes with me.
Not better, not worse than anyone, I am a child of God. My soul stands firm on the Rock that is Christ my Lord.
In Jesus name,