“Dear Heavenly Father,
I come to you with a thankful heart for all the talents that you have placed inside me. I know that there are many more that I have not discovered yet, and I trust that you will unfold them as they are needed, and as they can be used for you.
Lord, I have a set-back that is keeping me from attaining the goals and desires of my heart. I have a fear of public speaking. In your word, you say that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. I realize that this fear of public speaking is the exact opposite of all those things. Lord, I want to turn off the fear, and turn on the power of God.
I realize that this insecurity reflects the fear that I am not worthy of the position I am in. Although I may feel this way inside, my feelings do not reflect the truth. The truth of the matter is we are all just humans—equally flawed with different talents, skills and abilities. We are all equal, not one human life is more important than another. The root of my fear of public speaking boils down to plain old insecurity.
Lord, help me to see myself the way you want me to. Give me the confidence to share my knowledge and experience with others in a way that will ignite passion and excitement in them. Help me to take this fear, give it to you, and allow you to show the world what can happen to someone who is controlled by the Holy Spirit.
Fill my heart with the infectious joy of the Lord, as that is my strength. This joy will be a very attractive quality that will hold the interest of the people I am speaking to. Help me to not just see the words that I have to say and the job that I have to do. Help me to connect to my audience and to be excited about the chance to touch their lives. Let your light shine through me in my presence, facial expressions, posture and words.
No matter what the content of my speech is about, you can help me find the right words to say, give me the proper timing and allow me to have the discernment to confidently end the speech well.
Because I am a believer, I know that the eyes that are on me are actually judging you through my presentation. I am a representative of Christ. Thank you for the opportunity. Bless me to be a blessing, and in all things, (even this formally stressful situation) I know you will develop something in me through it.
In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.”