A few nights ago, I was lying in bed nearly asleep, when a precious insight straight from the Lord came into my mind. For a few moments I could see clearly how trust in the Lord's perfect love for my loved ones could allow me to pray for them, but simultaneously to have peace in regard to them; "acquiescence" is the word that came to mind. Acquiescence to the flow of the Holy Spirit's power, the Father's love, and the Savior's sacrifice on behalf of those I love brings peace.
Our hearts can move the heart of God, and so we should not hold back from pouring out our hearts to the Lord on behalf of others. This is in no way a recommendation to detach from those we love just because their burdens are uncomfortable for us to share. But I am learning that underlying my outcries to the Lord and shared heartaches with loved ones, there can flow a deep river of peace. As I allow my prayers to flow according to God's will (and not in fear of it), my prayers become more powerful.
We who have been cleansed by the Blood of Christ have no need to fear His good, pleasing, and perfect will. In any crisis we have only to find the path of His provision, and although heartaches may come, we can have peace because our Lord loves us eternally, has planned for us perfectly, and once we have accepted Him as Lord, He does not let us go.
A reminder of who we are in Christ is the best way to dispel fear, both for ourselves and for our loved ones...