When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalms 94:19 NIV
It is estimated that 75% of people fear public speaking, called glossophobia. This can range from mild discomfort to outright terror. If you experience this, you will know the symptoms, sweaty palms, increased blood pressure, dry throat, etc. There is no single reason for this fear, but frequently it is related to a lack of confidence and fear of rejection.
Whether it's public speaking or some other anxiety, we can find relief in Jesus Christ. Paul writes in Philippians 4:6-7, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." When we turn our fears and worries into prayers, Jesus turns them into occasions for joy.
Sometimes we may be hesitant to witness because we lack confidence and feel we do not have adequate words. Again when we enter into these conversations prayerfully, Jesus promises, "the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say." (Luke 12:12)
Thank you, Jesus, for giving us consolation in the face of fear and turning our anxieties into joy. Grant us boldness and give us the words to witness to others that they may rejoice in your deliverance. Amen.