Prayers & Devotionals

A Prayer to Overcome Stress and Anxiety

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The Oxford Dictionary defines anxiety as this:

  1. A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.  (‘he felt a surge of anxiety’,  count noun: ‘anxieties about the moral decline of today’s youth’).
  2. Psychiatry: A nervous disorder marked by excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behaviour or panic attacks.  (as modifier:  ‘she suffered from anxiety attacks’)
  3. with infinitive: Strong desire or concern to do something or for something to happen.  (‘the housekeeper’s eager anxiety to please’)

In contrast, The Oxford Dictionary defines peace as this:

  1. Freedom from disturbance; tranquillity.  (‘he just wanted to drink a few beers in peace’)
  2. Mental or emotional calm.  (‘the peace of mind this insurance gives you’)
  3. A state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended.  (‘the Straits were to be open to warships in time of peace’) in singular: ‘the peace didn’t last’)
  4. in singular A treaty agreeing peace between warring states.  (‘support for a negotiated peace’)
  5.  The state of being free from civil disorder.  (‘police action to restore peace’)
  6. the peace  A ceremonial handshake or kiss exchanged during a service in some Churches (now usually only in the Eucharist), symbolizing Christian love and unity. See also kiss of peace at kiss 

It defines PEACE as:  In a general sense, a state of quiet or tranquility; freedom from disturbance or agitation; applicable to society, to individuals, or to the temper of the mind. How would you describe your state of mind, sweet sister?  Are you anxious?  Are you at peace?  Of course, I would most certainly choose PEACE over ANXIETY any dayHowever, that’s not always the case when my humanness takes over.

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When struggling with feelings of uneasiness and anxious thoughts flood our minds we may find ourselves asking:

How can we get this peace?

How can we stay in this peace?

How can we get rid of the anxiety?

God tells us in how in, Philippians 4:6-7. However, this is not something that we can do on our own if we are prone to be anxious in the first place. To truly experience the peace that that surpasses understanding, we must bring our anxiety to God in prayer.  Ask Him to take it, ask Him to take control of the problem and trust that He will do just that.

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.  ~Philippians 4:6-7~ I promise you, sweet sister, the more you pray, read your Bible and seek the Lord with your whole heart, the more PEACE you will experience.

Prayer for Stress and Anxiety

This prayer for stress and anxiety can be found on Crosswalk.com

Lord Jesus, the stresses in my life often reach a dangerous proportion—or so it seems. My body, mind, and spirit struggle to keep up physically, mentally, and yes, spiritually. Some days anxiety stalks me like a deceitful predator, and the temptation to worry draws me in. I know better, but some days the challenges outweigh the truths buried inside. My trust in You fades into the background, giving fear and concerns permission to discourage me.

In those moments of apprehension, help me remember that I belong to You, and that You are not the author of fear or anxiety, but the giver of love and a sound mind. Teach me Your ways to respond to problems by giving thanks in them. Your Word assures me that You are always there with me. You are the Blessed Controller of all things, and nothing escapes Your attention in my life. You have given me every tool and spiritual blessing to fight against those things that try to steal my peace. You’ve promised that when I’m stressed and burdens are trying to weigh me down, I can come to You. You will give me sweet rest!

Whether the anxiety stems from work, parenting, finances, physical issues, or even world conditions, You are there, Lord, to shoulder the weight. Teach me to recognize the stressful trials as tools for you to shape me and rearrange me. Through those difficult times, You will teach me patience, enlarge my faith, and help me see things I couldn’t see earlier—if I will only let You. When I’m clueless as to what to do, Lord, I want to turn to you first, not last.

Forgive me for trying to handle things on my own, Lord. The need to be in control sometimes gets a stronghold on my life. That only makes things worse. I want to trust You more and see things from Your perspective, not my own. No one makes me feel uptight, angry, or stressed, and no one forces me to react negatively. I choose to respond according to my beliefs. Do I believe You are in control? Do I believe You created all things and hold all things in Your Hand? Do I believe You are truly good? When an anxious thought creeps in, help me to stop and relax, to take that thought captive, and to turn apprehension into a calm prayer for deliverance. Revamp my belief system, Lord. Show me a new way to handle life according to Your Way.

No matter what issues I am dealing with; no matter how big the problems or situations, I’m laying them all at Your feet today. Turn these potentials for stress into lessons for growth and trust. When I can’t see any possible solutions, I choose to believe that You are working things out for my good—in Your own time, as you have in the past. Show me what to do, or what not to do. As I focus on You, remembering Your promises and Your words, I believe You will fill me with a peace that is beyond all understanding.

In Jesus precious name, I pray,
Amen

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