What does the Bible say we can go against anxiety? It says that we can take it to the Lord in prayer. We can take that anxiety and give it to God. We can renounce it and give it up. Jesus bore anxiety on the cross. He took care of it. We can pray and ask Him to take it from us. I have done that many times. I have gone to the cross and laid down my life and all the problems and anxiety that were crippling me. I have cried before the Lord and He has heard my tears. Sometimes I try to give it all to Him but for some reason I hold on to it or I can’t get rid of it. It is not that God doesn’t hear my prayer. It doesn’t mean that “God is broken.” A fervent prayer goes a long way. I have had to stay in prayer and in faith for a while but it has always proven to be the best thing I could have done. Taking my anxiety and all my problems to the Lord is the best thing ever. It is also the best thing for you. When you feel anxious or stressed, go into prayer mode. Prayer mode doesn’t mean that you pray once and hope for the best. Prayer mode means that you go to God, you ask Him for help and you keep your hopes up and you stick with faith.
The Bible tells us “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” This is what I call the winning formula. Add thanksgiving to your prayers. Prayer plus thanksgiving and praise gets the job done. I want to encourage you today to pray and thank. Pray to God and thank Him that He has heard your prayers. That is how faith speaks. That is what faith does. It gives you the motivation to thank God. Faith doesn’t stay idle. Faith is active and it thinks and speaks hope all the time. Pray to God as the first step. Make your requests known to God and then turn on the faith switch. You might be saying that your faith is not enough. Your faith is a great start. Don’t let your mind tell you that you need giant faith or totally blind faith to make it. What you need is to allow God to do what He does best by trusting that He will do something. Speak about it. I like to say these things out loud so my mind can hear them.
When I take something to the Lord in prayer, I know that the One who is bigger than anything is listening to me. I do my best to detach myself from my feelings and my emotions and I give my spirit a chance to take over. My spirit is willing but my flesh is weak. Feelings and emotions are part of the realm of the flesh. They should be put down. They should not be trusted because they will always derail our faith and give doubt a strong foothold in our hearts. I want my heart to be filled with hope and prayer gets me there. I see prayer as my first resort and I believe that makes a difference. Prayer is a continued conversation with God. It doesn’t happen only when I have problems. I take everything to the Lord in prayer and He talks to me about everything during prayer or outside of prayer. God doesn’t always answer right away and He doesn’t answer the way we think He should at times.
If you are fighting against anxiety today, pray it out of your system. Connect with the Lord. My prayer sessions always start with praise and singing. When anxiety hits, I sing against it. I lift up the Lord and the anxiety leaves. I strongly suggest that you do that as well. Get into the gates of the Lord with singing. Don’t let anxiety choke you and keep you from praying. The praises will set you free and they will help you pray to the Lord with more peace. Remember that you are praying to God. He is the most powerful One and He can do all things. Your prayers won’t go unnoticed. God has already heard you and your request got His attention. Anxiety doesn’t stand a chance against the Lord. It is going to go away. A fervent prayer is a powerful prayer so stay in faith. Cast your cares upon the Lord. Change is on the way!
Suggested prayer: Philippians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18; 1 Peter 5:7