A Collect for Courage When We Fear God

Almighty God, who deals gently with your needy children, let not our fear of you cause us to send you away, but grant us courage to stand when we fear your power and authority, that even when our hearts long to escape and hide, we would be able to receive the good you offer and be freed from our sin, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit in glory, world without end. Amen. ‘Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear.’ – Luke 8:37