Face Crisis Without Fear

Norman Vincent Peale shows how praying Philippians 4:6 can help you overcome anxiety.

By Norman Vincent Peale


Often, the first reaction to crisis is fear. You feel out of control, threatened by danger. And so you cower in the shadows, trembling and focusing on your worry. Giving in to fear is a great temptation, but you must resist that temptation with all your might. The more you talk about your fears, the more fearful you’ll become.

The Bible gives good advice for handling fear: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

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There are four parts to this:

1. Stop talking about your worry and pray.

2. Ask God to show you how to deal with the situation.

3. This step is very important. After you ask for God’s help, thank him for it, thus letting him know you believe he is there.

4. Finally, tell God what you need.

Jesus says, in Mark 6:50, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” By turning your mind and heart to God, you rest in his promises and fortify yourself with his peace. Try it. Turn to God now. . . and feel your fear gradually ebb away.

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3 years ago i found out i was pregnant. we werent married, but it was no difficulti for us, cause we wonted to get married. but after 2 months i had lost the baby. After that my relationship went down. my boyfriend started to lie, he was hiding things from me, not talking to me as before, not loving me, not sleeping with me. he even said that now the marriege is no good. since than we havent made love, cause he had convinced me that there is no passion and that there wasnt anny at all. but we had oooh, such a wonderfull relationship,and yes we had all, but we led it fall appart. he listened to his friends who told him to leave me, but he couldnt. why? i dont know. i become frustraded, but my friends allways told me if you love him than fight for him.i love him so much, i could have leave him, but i didnt. hi is my first boyfriend and i want him to be last. i know that this is a biiiig problem, but ever since i heard about Peals books, and i bought 2 of them, my life become better. our relationship went better. we have to troust to ourselfs, i learned that...but to trust that God is helping me i learned also...and yes he helped me and my boyfriend. we had everything, but we let it faal down. now i found God and i feel wonderfull. now we started almost over, im not frustraded, he i hope is no starnger to me again, bit by bit things are getting better. im patient,sometimes i feale like im lost but with a little help from God, im back on my footh...thank you Jesus

I feel such comfort after reading this. My husband left me and our four children the day before Mother's Day. He left no money and bill's are past due and I may be facing eviction, so I have been in such fear, of what to do. I am going to so these things. I felt so touched after reading this..

Dear Amanda,

Thank you for reaching out and providing me the opportunity of lifting you, and your family in Prayer. In God's Kingdom, you are not alone, and our strength comes in praying one for another. I know that the Lord is good for this, because of the work he has done in my own life. Each day will become more exciting, as you see how God directs you over the hurdles.


"God has not given Us A spirit of fear, but one of power, and of Love and of a Sound Mind."

Saturday morning I was awoken from a terrible nightmare. In that nightmare I saw my youngest son taking great risks with his life and then there was a terrible loud noise and I saw my precious son fall from a high place and saw his head hit the ground, his body bounces and his back arched and his body slammed to earth with a sickening thud. I knew my son was critically injured or dead. This happened before my very eyes and I woke with such pain in my chest I could not breathe - so real and detailed was the dream. I couldn't go back to sleep my heart was so heavy so I got up to pray. Tears streamed down my face as I prayed over and over to God to help me discern what this dream meant. When my husband got up 2 hrs later I was still so distraught I told him I didn't know how I could face the day. It was Mother's Day and I could not summon the strength to even get dressed. God love my husband he told me I needed to go to church more than ever to be with my prayer sisters so I dressed and covered my reddened eyes as best I could. As I sat in church I begged God to give me strength and asked for his mercy to help me through the day. As I got up to go to communion my husband whispered in my ear "Fear not". It was if someone had lifted a boulder from my heart for at that moment I heard my Lord say those same words "Fear not, for lo I am with you always, even until the end of days!" I knew then that the dream was intended to be a message for me to give to my son. I told him that he needed to be more careful of his actions and the people he associated with. We had a long talk and I told him of my concerns and my heart feels better. Prayer and listening for Gad works miracles. Thank you Jesus!

Now -Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened up to you...The prayers of the righteous person prevaileth much...Even as this is my prayer...
"And Jabez (your name here) called on the God of Israel, Saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, And ENLARGE my territory, And that thine hand might be with me, And thou wouldest keep me from evil, pain, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him (your name here) what he requested."
Yes! Make your requests be known to God.
Blessings Blessings Blessings I pray for You and for Me!
Love In Christ,

Last week my husband and daughter were in a car accident. The car was towed, but they are ok. I was very depressed and stressed out due to all of this and now we have to figure out how we can get another vehicle to move around. After reading this article, I feel so much better now. Thank you!

thank you this just helps me to get a lot more since I know God go;e before me , praying for all

Thank you for this wonderful message of living without fear. I'm going through my own financial crisis and behind on the rent. The things mentioned by Mr. Peale have described all my feelings in reaction to what I'm experiencing. God has been good to me and I will certainly practice the advice to stop worrying and begin to pray faithfully.

Hello, read your comment and just wanted to encourage you. I am in a financial crisis myself. I have been looking for work for a long time now. Neither I or my wife is working at the moment and we have three little ones not even school age yet. The thing that I truly have learned is to seek patience when you are having difficult times. I must admit I have had times when I became anxious and asked God how long before we see things turn around? The thing I do is read the bible daily to try to stay focus. Also I thank God for things being as good as they are right now. I have already prayed for you and will continue pray that God will turn things around for both of us. Your brother in Christ, Alejandro.

Living fearlessly according to Philippians is like coming back into the sunshine after years of hibernation! No more cave dwelling! Welcome back sunshine!